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Hannison History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Hannison is tied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England. It comes 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.

Early Origins of the Hannison family


The surname Hannison was 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.

Early History of the Hannison family


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Hannison Spelling Variations


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Hannison has undergone many spelling variations, including Anniss, Anness, Arness, Annison, Arnison, Annes and many more.

Early Notables of the Hannison family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Hannison family to Ireland


Some of the Hannison family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Hannison family to the New World and Oceana


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hannison were among those contributors: William Annis, who settled in Virginia in 1639; Thomas Anniss, aged 23, who settled there in 1683; as well as William Arness, who arrived at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1685..

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