The name Enthonay came to England
with the ancestors of the Enthonay family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It comes from the Latin family name Antonius,
which is of unknown etymology.
Early Origins of the Enthonay family
The surname Enthonay was first found in Lincolnshire
, where they held a family seat
in the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Enthonay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Enthonay research.Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1607, 1568, 1585, 1655 and 1613 are included under the topic Early Enthonay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Enthonay Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Anthony, Antony, Antonie, McAnthony, Anton (Scot), Anthoney, Enthony and many more.
Early Notables of the Enthonay family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Anthony, Chief engraver to the Royal Mint who engraved all the coins for King Edward VI, Queen Mary... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Enthonay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Enthonay family to Ireland
Some of the Enthonay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 89 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Enthonay family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Enthonay name or one of its variants: Andrew Anthony who settled in Virginia in 1637; Edward Anthony arrived in Barbados in 1687; Jean Anthony settled in Charles Town SC
in 1763 and many more. In Newfoundland, Matthew Antony settled in Trinity Harbor in 1682.