Engus History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Engus was first used as a surname among the descendants of the ancient Scottish people known as the Picts. It was a name for a person with great strength. The surname Engus was originally derived from the Gaelic word Aengus.
Early Origins of the Engus family
The surname Engus was first found in Fife, where one of the first records of the name was Serlo de Anegus who witnessed a composition anent the tithes of Strathylif in 1229. Other early records include: Eva de Anegos of the county of Forfare who rendered homage in 1296 to King Edward I of England when he briefly conquered Scotland; William de Anegus who was a Scottish prisoner taken at Dunbar Castle in 1297; and Edward de Anegous and Laurence of Angus who were Scottish prisoners taken in the capture of Stirling Castle in 1305. "Michael of Angous, a Scotsman, in 1358, 'was foremost at the last capture of the town of Berwick by the Scots, and leapt over the walls the night it was taken' " 
Early History of the Engus family
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Engus Spelling Variations
Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Engus has been spelled Angus, Anguish, Anguis, Angos, Angas, Anegous, Anegos, Enguish and many more.
Early Notables of the Engus family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Engus family to Ireland
Some of the Engus family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Engus family
In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Engus: William Angus who came to Norfolk, Virginia in 1774; Daniel, Robert, William and John who all arrived in New York in 1775; Robert Angus who settled in New York in 1776.
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The Engus Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fortis est veritas
Motto Translation: Truth is strong.
- ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)