The surname Ansingham was derived from the Old English expression meaning "homestead of the family or followers of a man called Anta" CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early Origins of the Ansingham family
The surname Ansingham was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
in the village of Antingham in that shire. The village is so named from the River Ant which has as its source Antingham Common. Prior to the Norman Conquest
, in Saxon times, the village was named Attinga, Antigeham, and later Antingham. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
by William the Conqueror in 1086 the Manor of Antingham was held by Turstin FitzGuy, under tenant
, from Chief tenant
Roger Bigod, originally of Chanon Maletot, near Caen in Normandy
, whose successors Hugh, and Roger Bigod his son, Earl of Norfolk
, would be two of the 25 Barons who signed the Magna Charta in 1215. Robert Bigot, father of Roger, chief tenant, married the sister of Turstin Goz in Normandy, and the similarity of the two names cannot escape attention. Roger Bigod married Adeliza Grantemesnil and had seven children. He died in 1107 and is buried in Thetford Abbey in Norfolk
. There is no record of Thurston FitzGuy being at the Conquest, nor did the name FitzGuy survive as a viable family name. It was customary, when the Normans
introduced surnames into England
in 1066, that the junior sons of the Baron
would adopt the surname of the location where they held a family seat
, so as to distinguish son from father. Turstin FitzGuy was under-tenant and seated at Antingham Manor. Conjecturally, the Antingham family surname is descended from this Norman noble, Turstin FitzGuy, who may have been the grandson, nephew or natural son of Roger Bigod, favorite of Duke William, who sired the Dukes of Norfolk.
Early History of the Ansingham family
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Ansingham Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Ansingham include Antingham, Antlingham, Attingham, Antringham, Anthingham, Antygham and many more.
Early Notables of the Ansingham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ansingham family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Ansinghams to arrive on North American shores: Willm Antingham, who settled in North America in 1836; James Antrim, who arrived in New Jersey in 1678; John Antrim, who arrived in New Jersey in 1682.