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The Atlantic Ocean to the north and west and the English Channel to the south borders Cornwall, the homeland to the Ennis family name. Even though the usage of surnames was common during the Middle Ages, all English people were known only by a single name in early times. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. The Ennis family originally lived in Cornwall, at the village of Ennis. The place-name is Gaelic in origin, and derives from an Anglicization of the personal name Angus.

Ennis Early Origins



The surname Ennis was first found in Cornwall 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.

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Ennis Spelling Variations


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Ennis Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Ennis, Ennys, Enys, Eynes and others.

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Ennis Early History


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Ennis Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ennis research. Another 371 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1312, 1620, 1651, 1611, 1697, 1660 and are included under the topic Early Ennis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ennis Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ennis Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ennis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ennis In Ireland


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Ennis In Ireland



Some of the Ennis family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Ennis or a variant listed above:

Ennis Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Ennis, who made his home in Virginia in 1650
  • James Ennis, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • William Ennis, who landed in Maryland in 1650
  • Alexander Ennis, who arrived in Boston in 1651 as one of the Scotch prisoners deported by Cromwell
  • Alexander Ennis, who arrived in New England in 1651-1652
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ennis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Ennis, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1716
  • Richard Ennis, another bonded passenger, who arrived in Maryland in 1723
  • George Ennis, who was a bonded passenger, arriving in America in 1766

Ennis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Lewis Ennis, aged 32, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Mark Ennis, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • George Ennis, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • Gregory Ennis, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1816
  • Thomas Ennis, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ennis Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Nicholas Ennis, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1824
  • John Ennis, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Bartley" in 1833
  • Miss. Catherine Ennis, aged 17 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "John Jardine" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 27)
  • J M Ennis, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Ennis Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Ennis, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ennis (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ennis (post 1700)



  • Major-General Riley Finley Ennis (1897-1963), American Deputy Commanding General 6th Army (1955-1957)
  • Ethel Llewellyn Ennis (b. 1931), American jazz musician
  • Cornelius Ennis (1813-1899), mayor of Houston, Confederate blockade runner, railroad entrepreneur, and namesake of Ennis, Texas
  • Sťamus Ennis (1919-1982), Irish piper, singer and folk-song collector
  • Michael Ennis (b. 1984), Australian rugby league player
  • Jeffrey Jeff Ennis (b. 1952), British politician
  • Glen D Ennis (b. 1964), former Canadian national rugby player

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Ennis Historic Events


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Ennis Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Miss Ethel† Ennis (1901-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. John Ennis, English Greaser from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Walter Ennis (d. 1912), aged 35, English Turkish Bath Attendant from Southport, Lancashire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Ennis


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Suggested Readings for the name Ennis



  • The Name's the Same: The Ennis Family Genealogy by Ellie Mayer.
  • The Root Family of Bolivar, New York: A History of the Descendants of Abel Root, Sr., Who Settled Bolivar in Allegany County, New York: Related Families, Cook, Ennis, Holland, Hulbert, Johnson, Nichols, Nulsen, Richardson, Weatherell, Withey by William Paquette.

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Motto


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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: Virtute et valore
Motto Translation: By virtue and valour.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 27)

Other References

  1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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The Ennis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ennis Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 3 November 2016 at 10:27.

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