Anwan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Anwan family
The surname Anwan was first found in Essex and Norfolk where "Osmond and Guy l'Angevin (probably brothers) both appear in Domesday : the former held the manor of Witham in Essex; the latter under the Count de Boulogne in Norfolk. From one or other of these descended William l'Angevin or Angevin, settled at Churchfield in Northamptonshire, who died in 1199, Another William (perhaps his son) in 1250 held, in addition, Waplode in Lincolnshire, and was father of a third William, who left an only child, Margaret, still a minor when her mother died in 1276." 
In Norfolk the descendants of Guy l'Angevin, who was Lord of Bereford under Earl Eustace, continued till 1417. His grandson Sir Robert, "wrote himself sometimes de Massingham and sometimes de Thorpe, having lordships in these towns, and held seven fees, with those in Anmere, &c, about the year 1200 of the honour of Bologne." 
Early History of the Anwan family
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Anwan Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Anwan were recorded, including Angevine, Angevin, Angevile, Angeville, Angevynne, Angevyne Angwin, Angwine, Angwyn, Angwyne, Ankerville, Ankervine, Ankwin, Angervine, Angerwin, L'Angerville, Langerville, Langwin, Langwyne, D'Angerville and many more.
Early Notables of the Anwan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Anwan family
The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Anwan arrived in North America very early: Daniel Angevine, who came to New York, NY in 1710; Lewis Angevine, who settled in New York, NY in 1710; Zachariah Angevine, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710.
- Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 1 of 3
- Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print