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Early Origins of the Ignatius family

The surname Ignatius was first found in Messina (Sicilian: Missina; Latin: Messana), capital of the Italian province of Messina. Its history begins in 397 B.C. After a checkered history the Saracens took it in 831, and the Normans in 1061. It was host to the crusaders in 1190. Garibaldi landed in 1860 and it was the last city to be made a part of united Italy. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry. The family name was of a family who held estates in Sicily, Malta and Naples.

Early History of the Ignatius family

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Ignatius Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Egnace, Ignatius, Iglesias, Inglese, Ignace and others.

Early Notables of the Ignatius family

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United States Ignatius migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ignatius Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Paul Emel Franz Ignatius, who arrived in Iowa in 1892
  • Conrad Ignatius, who arrived in Arkansas in 1895 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ignatius (post 1700) +

  • David Ignatius, American novelist and columnist and associate editor of The Washington Post
  • Paul Robert Ignatius (b. 1920), American Secretary of the Navy between 1967 and 1969 and Assistant Secretary of Defense under the Johnson administration
  • Lieutenant-General Johannes Ferdinand Ignatius (1871-1941), Finnish Inspector-General of Military Training (1919-1920) [2]
  • Gilbert Ignatius Sheldon (1926-2023), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, 3rd Bishop of the Diocese of Steubenville in Ohio (1992-2002)
  • Dr. John Ignatius Bleasdale (1822-1884), Australian (English-born) Priest, Chemist and Mineralogist
  • Robert Ignatius Owens (1946-2022), American politician and businessman, born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Mark Ignatius Gillespie (d. 2021), Australian singer-songwriter
  • Edmund Ignatius Rice (1762-1844), Irish founder of the Roman Catholic institute known as the ‘Irish Christian Brothers,’ and the pioneer of primary education in Ireland, born at Westcourt, near the town of Callan, co. Kilkenny
  • Sir George Ignatius Goold (1903-1967), 6th Baronet of Old Court in the County of Cork, Irish peer
  • David Ignatius Finnegan (1941-2015), American attorney, talk show host, and politician, Chairman of the Boston School Committee (1978-1979)

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 5) Johannes Ignatius. Retrieved from on Facebook