Inglis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Inglis surname date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who was a Englishman, so nicknamed for a person from England. The name Inglis comes from the Old English word "Englisc," originally used to describe the Angles as distinct from the Saxons. One document in referrring to a raid in 1541, mentions the attacking party were 'to the number of fifty-two Inglimen. The name was probably used to refer to "Non Welsh" in the border counties in that region, "Non-Celtic Scot" in the Scottish- England borderlands, and "Non-Dane" in the Danelaw regions.

Another source notes the name is "borne by numerous Norman families. Adam, Alexander, Alvered, Asceline, Bernard, Henry, Elias, Gaufrid, and twenty more, bore, 1180-95, the name of Anglicus in Normandy (Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae). Twenty-four of the name of Anglicus are mentioned in 1198 The families of English or Inglis are all Norman. 'England’ is another form of Anglicus." [1]

And finally we must include the following: " ‘English’, originally referring to Angles as distinct from Saxons, a meaning not to be considered for the surname. Inglis is a Scottish form denoting an Englishman as opposed to the Scottish borderer or the Celtic Scot, whilst the northern English probably referred to an Englishman living among Strathclyde Welsh. But the name was not confined to this district. In the Welsh border counties the name would be given to an Englishman in a preponderatingly Welsh community. For some generations after the Conquest an official distinction was made between Angli and Franci, the native, defeated English and the conquering Normans, and this may account for the name in Essex, Kent and Sussex, where it was probably at first derogatory. At the end of the 13th century l’Englois is found as a surname in Paris and this, given by Frenchmen in France, may well have been retained when the emigrant returned home. " [2]

Early Origins of the Inglis family

The surname Inglis was first found in Herefordshire where Gillebertus Anglicus was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1171. [2] William le Englich was listed in Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of King Edward III.) [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: Walter Ingeleys, Oxfordshire and Roger Ingleys was listed in the Writs of Parliament c. 1300. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Johannes Inglays as holding lands there at that time. [4]

Further to the south in the parish of Whitstone, Cornwall, "the manor of Wadfast belonged to a family named L'Engleis, or English, so early as the reign of Edward III. " [5]

Early History of the Inglis family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Inglis research. Another 202 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1171, 1205, 1208, 1269, 1153, 1153, 1296, 1296, 1478, 1564, 1311, 1630, 1686, 1689, 1687, 1734, 1816, 1693 and are included under the topic Early Inglis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Inglis Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Inglis has been spelled many different ways, including Inglis, Inglish, Inglys, English, Englys and others.

Early Notables of the Inglis family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Archibald Inglis (b. circa 1630), an ordained minister, who was Rector of Glasow University from 1686-1689; Sir James Inglis of Cramond, who was created a Baronet in...
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Inglis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Inglis family to Ireland

Some of the Inglis family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Inglis migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Ingliss to arrive in North America:

Inglis Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Inglis, who was banished to the colonies, arriving in Boston in 1652
  • Patrick Inglis, who arrived in Boston in 1652
  • George Inglis, who arrived in Maryland in 1664 [6]
  • Mary Inglis, who landed in Maryland in 1664 [6]
  • George Inglis, who settled in Maryland in 1664
Inglis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Alexander Inglis, who arrived in Boston in 1746
  • Charles Inglis, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1759 [6]
  • Janet Inglis, who arrived in America in 1760 [6]
Inglis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Inglis, aged 21, who arrived in America in 1822 [6]
  • David Inglis, who landed in Michigan in 1845 [6]
  • James Inglis, who arrived in America in 1850 [6]
  • Ann Inglis, who arrived in America in 1850 [6]
  • Margaret Inglis, who arrived in America in 1850 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Inglis migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Inglis Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Catherine Inglis, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1820
  • John Inglis, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843

Australia Inglis migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Inglis Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Inglis, a tailor, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • John Inglis, a shoemaker, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Inglis, a upholsterer, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Inglis, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1839 [7]
  • Janet Inglis, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1839 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Inglis migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Inglis Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Inglis, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Glenborvis
  • John Inglis, who landed in Manawatu, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Inglis, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • R. Inglis, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Glenbervie" in 1840
  • Mr. Inglis, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Glenbervie" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 7th March 1840 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Inglis (post 1700) +

  • John Chris Inglis (b. 1954), Deputy Director of the National Security Agency
  • Sir Robert Inglis (1786-1855), English politician, born in London on 12 Jan. 1786, was only son of Sir Hugh Inglis, bart., for many years a director of the East India Company, and sometime M.P. for Ashburton
  • Sir John Eardley Wilmot Inglis (1814-1862), Canadian Defender of Lucknow, born in Nova Scotia 15 Nov. 1814, the son of John Inglis, D.D., third bishop of Nova Scotia, and his wife
  • Mrs. Margaret Maxwell Inglis (1774-1843), Scottish poetess, born on 27 Oct. 1774 at Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire, daughter of Dr. Alexander Murray
  • Sir William Inglis (1764-1835), Scottish general, the third son of William Inglis, M.D, three times president of the College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, and descended from the Inglis family of Manner and Mannerhead, Roxburghshire
  • Henry David Inglis (1795-1835), Scottish traveller and miscellaneous writer, the only son of a Scottish advocate, born at Edinburgh and was educated for commercial life; but he found work in an office uncongenial, turned to literature, and travelled abroad
  • John Inglis (1763-1834), Scottish divine, born in 1763, the youngest son of Harry Inglis, M.A., minister of Forteviot, Perthshire
  • John Inglis (1810-1891), Lord Glencorse, Lord Justice-General of Scotland, youngest son off John Inglis [q. v.], minister of Tibbermore, Perthshire
  • Charles Inglis (1734-1816), Bishop of Nova Scotia, who was born, apparently, in New York, in 1734
  • Charles Inglis (1731-1791), British rear-admiral, a younger son of Sir John Inglis of Cramond, bart. who entered the navy in 1745 on board the Ludlow Castle, with Captain George Brydges
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


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  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Fairfield.htm
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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