Show ContentsIngs History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the Ings surname were Welsh Brythonic-Celts. However, their name came to Britain with the Norman invasion; Ings is derived from the Old French personal name Hughe, also spelled Hue. This name was made popular by the exploits of several saints including: St. Hugh of Lincoln (1140-1200), who was born in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne) and established the first Carthusian monastery in England; as well as St. Hugh of Cluny (1024-1109).

Hugh (d. 1094), called of Grantmesnil, or Grentemaisnil, was Baron and Sheriff of Leicestershire, son of Robert of Grantmesnil, in the arrondissement of Lisieux. [1]

Hugh (d. 1098), called of Montgomery, Earl of Shrewsbury and Arundel, second son of Roger of Montgomery, held during his father's lifetime the manor of Worfield in Shropshire. [1]

Early Origins of the Ings family

The surname Ings was first found in Carmarthenshire (Welsh: Sir Gaerfyrddin), located in Southwest Wales, one of thirteen historic counties and presently one of the principal area in Wales.

Early rolls provide us a glimpse of the spelling variations used at that time. By example, Hugo was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086; Willelmus filius Hugonis was found in Wiltshire in 1084 and Reginaldus le fiz Hugonis was in the Pipe Rolls of Leicestershire from 1195. [2]

Early History of the Ings family

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Ings Spelling Variations

The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. It was up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Ings have included Hughes, Hugh, Hews, Hughs, Hues, Huse and others.

Early Notables of the Ings family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Owen ap Hugh (1518-1613), of Bodeon, near Llangadwaladr, Anglesey, a Welsh politician, Member of the Parliament for Newborough in 1545; Robert Hues (1553-1632), an English mathematician and geographer; George Hughes (1603-1667), an English Puritan clergyman and writer; Thomas Hughes (1604-1664), a Welsh politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1654...
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Ireland Migration of the Ings family to Ireland

Some of the Ings family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Ings migration to the United States +

During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Ings:

Ings Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Maudit Ings, who arrived in America in 1635 [3]
Ings Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alfred Ings, aged 25, who landed in America from Christchurch, Australia, in 1909
  • Christopher Harry Ings, aged 32, who landed in America from London, England, in 1910
  • Emily Clara Ings, aged 35, who settled in America from London, England, in 1910
  • Harry Ings, aged 23, who immigrated to America from London, England, in 1910
  • Edith H. Ings, aged 10, who immigrated to the United States from Witley, England, in 1918
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Ings migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ings Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • A. Ernest Ings, aged 47, who settled in Charlotte, Canada, in 1913
  • J. Walton Ings, aged 15, who settled in Charlotte, Canada, in 1913

Contemporary Notables of the name Ings (post 1700) +

  • Kendrick Ings (b. 1990), American NFL football wide receiver
  • Albert Earle "Bud" Ings (1926-2015), Canadian politician, member of the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island for 3rd Kings from 1970 to 1982
  • Daniel William John "Danny" Ings (b. 1992), English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Liverpool and for the England National Team
  • Daniel Ings, English actor, best known for his role on the Channel 4 comedy Pete versus Life
  • Simon Ings (b. 1965), English novelist and science writer

HMS Royal Oak
  • Alfred G. Ings, British Petty Officer Steward with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [4]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. William Ernest Ings (d. 1912), aged 20, English Scullion from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [5]

The Ings Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Kymmer-yn Lydeirnon
Motto Translation: Name of the lordship of the family.

  1. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. 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)
  4. Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from
  5. Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook