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The distinguished surname Innes emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Flemish surnames of this type frequently are prefixed by de la or de le, which mean of the or from the. The Innes family originally lived in either of the places called Ince in Cheshire and Lancashire, in the settlement of Innes in Cornwall, or in the barony of Innes in Urquhart. The surname Innes belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Innes Early Origins



The surname Innes was first found in Morayshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Innes Spelling Variations


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Innes Spelling Variations



Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Innes, Innis (Gaelic), Innice, Inniss and others.

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Innes Early History


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Innes Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Innes research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the year 1296 is included under the topic Early Innes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Innes Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Innes Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Innes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Early records show that people bearing the name Innes arrived in North America quite early:

Innes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Innes, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Alexander Innes, who settled in New England in 1651
  • Alexander Innes, who landed in New England in 1652
  • Gilbert Innes, who came to East New Jersey in 1683

Innes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert and James Innes, who both arrived in Barbados in 1716
  • Lewis Innes, who settled in Boston in 1725
  • James Innes, who arrived in North Carolina in 1732
  • Robert Innes, who arrived in America in 1750
  • Katherine Innes, aged 20, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Innes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Innes, aged 23, arrived in New York in 1812
  • John Innes, who landed in New York in 1822
  • George Innes, who landed in New York in 1827
  • William W Innes, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • R B Innes, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

Innes Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Robert Innes and his child Duncan, who arrived at Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773 aboard the "Hector"
  • Robert Innes, who landed in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773

Innes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Innes, Scottish convict from Perth, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  • Alexander Innes, a gunsmith, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Innes arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Planter" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) planter 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Planter.htm
  • William Innes, aged 29, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Omega"

Innes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J. D. Innes arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874

Innes Settlers in New Zealand in the 20th Century

  • Thomas Innes, aged 61, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926
  • Isabell Innes, aged 36, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926
  • Helen Innes, aged 21, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926

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Contemporary Notables of the name Innes (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Innes (post 1700)



  • Scott Innes (b. 1966), American author, songwriter, voice actor, and radio personality
  • William Thornton Innes III (1874-1969), American aquarist, author, photographer, printer and publisher
  • Laura Innes (b. 1959), American three-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated actress and director, best known for her role as Dr. Kerry Weaver on ER
  • George Innes (b. 1938), English stage actor
  • Neil James Innes (b. 1944), English writer and performer, best known for his work with Monty Python, and for playing in The Rutles
  • Frederick Maitland Innes (1816-1882), Scottish-born, Australian politician, 9th Premier of Tasmania (1872 to 1873)
  • Ralph Hammond Innes CBE (1913-1998), British novelist
  • Robert C. "Bob" Innes, New Zealand former association football player, member of the All Whites
  • Craig Innes (b. 1969), New Zealand former rugby league and rugby union footballer
  • Andrew Colin Innes, Scottish born, London-based musician
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Innes Historic Events


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Innes Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Miss Ethel Jean  Innes (1901-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Alexander Innes (b. 1916), Scottish Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Portsley, Banffshire, Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Motto


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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: Prudentia et vi
Motto Translation: Be faithful.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PLANTER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Planter.htm

Other References

  1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  11. ...

The Innes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Innes 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.

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