English History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The history of the name English begins in the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It was a name for a Englishman, so nicknamed for a person from England. The name English comes from the Old English word "Englisc," originally used to describe the Angles as distinct from the Saxons. One document in referrring to a raid in 1541, mentions the attacking party were 'to the number of fifty-two Inglimen. The name was probably used to refer to "Non Welsh" in the border counties in that region, "Non-Celtic Scot" in the Scottish- England borderlands, and "Non-Dane" in the Danelaw regions.

Early Origins of the English family

The surname English was first found in Berwickshire, Scotland where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the English family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our English research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1153, 1171, 1205, 1208, 1269, 1296, 1402, 1452, 1478, 1564, 1630, 1686, 1687, 1689, 1734, and 1816 are included under the topic Early English History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

English Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like English are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name English include: Inglis, Inglish, Inglys, English, Englys and others.

Early Notables of the English family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Archibald Inglis (b. circa 1630), an ordained minister, who was Rector of Glasow University from 1686-1689; Sir James Inglis of Cramond, who was created a Baronet in...
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early English Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the English family to Ireland

Some of the English family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

English migration to the United States

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name English or a variant listed above:

English Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas English, who arrived in Plymouth in 1620 aboard the "Mayflower"
  • Thomas English, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1620 [1]
  • Annie English, who landed in Virginia in 1622 [1]
  • Richard English, who arrived in Virginia in 1622 [1]
  • John and Richard English, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
English Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William English, who arrived in Virginia in 1703 [1]
  • Charles English, who landed in Virginia in 1704 [1]
  • Margery English, who landed in Virginia in 1713 [1]
  • Theodosia English, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [1]
English Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Isabella English, aged 32, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [1]
  • Alexander English, who arrived in South Carolina in 1803 [1]
  • Richard F English, who arrived in Maryland in 1807 [1]
  • Edward English, aged 28, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Mr. English, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

English migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

English Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John English, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1757 [2]
  • Samuel English, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Mr. Andrew English U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 [3]
English Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Jeremiah English, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1811
  • Mary English, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1833
  • Thomas English, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway, Ireland
  • Elizabeth English, aged 30, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway, Ireland
  • James English, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1837
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

English migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

English Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William English, aged 48, a labourer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1850 [4]
  • Frances English, aged 40, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1850 [4]
  • Frances English, aged 9, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1850 [4]
  • Margaret English, aged 6, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1850 [4]
  • Jane English, aged 4, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1850 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

English migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

English Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph English, British settler, as the 2nd Detachment of New Zealand Corps of Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Minerva" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th October 1847 [5]
  • Mr. William English, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Slains Castle" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 1st December 1852 [6]
  • J. English, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • Mr. J. English, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th October 1859 [5]
  • Miss Sarah English, (b. 1864), aged Infant, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Glenmark" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st January 1865 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name English (post 1700)

  • Kim English (1970-2019), American electronica, soul, gospel, and house music singer, from Chicago, Illinois
  • Joe English (b. 1949), American musician, former drummer for Paul McCartney's band Wings
  • CariDee English (b. 1985), American fashion model
  • Brigadier-General Paul Xavier English (1888-1964), American Assistant Chief of Staff 7th Service Command (1944-1946) [7]
  • James Edward English (1812-1890), American statesman, Governor of Connecticut and US Senator
  • William Hayden English (1822-1896), American Democratic politician, Representative from Indiana (1853-1861)
  • Thomas Dunn English (1819-1902), American physician
  • John Cogal "Jack" English (1886-1953), English footballer and manager from Hebburn, County Durham
  • Jonathan James "Jon" English (1949-2016), English-born, Australian four-time Mo Award winning singer, songwriter, musician and actor
  • William John English VC (1882-1941), Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the English family

RMS Lusitania

You May Also Like

Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRITISH EMPIRE 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850BritishEmpire.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, February 29) Paul English. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/English/Paul_Xavier/USA.html
  8. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 10) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
Shipping
Fastest Delivery Possible

Digital Products on Checkout, all other products filled in 1 business day

Money Back
Money Back Guarantee

Yes, all products 100% Guaranteed

Support
BBB A+ Rating

The Best Rating possible

Payment
Secure Online Payment

Entire site uses SSL / Secure Certificate