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Where did the English Hannis family come from? What is the English Hannis family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hannis family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hannis family history?

The name Hannis has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon name that was originally derived from the personal name Agnes, which itself is derived from the Greek name Hagne, which means pure and holy. The name was also used in the Latin phrase Agnus Dei, which means lamb of God. The personal name Agnes was popularized by devotees, the early Christian martyr, Saint Agnes.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hannis include Anniss, Anness, Arness, Annison, Arnison, Annes and many more.

First found in the English midlands county of Nottinghamshire from very ancient times, where the family name held vast estates and were an important contribution to the early life and times of the county. They are recorded in the Domesday Book as holding lands and manors. The Domesday Book was compiled by Duke William in the year 1086 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hannis research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1402 and 1384 are included under the topic Early Hannis History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hannis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Hannis family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Hannis Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Rich Hannis, aged 21, landed in Barbados in 1635

Hannis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Walter Hannis, who arrived in Virginia in 1704

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  • Mr. Raymond William Charles Hannis (d. 1941), British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking


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The Hannis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hannis 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 13 November 2014 at 16:22.

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