Early Origins of the MacGnieve family
The surname MacGnieve was first found in the Barony of Agneaux, within Normandy
, but has been established in the district of Galloway
(Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland
, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway
, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown
(West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway) in south western Scotland, from very ancient times. Some have mistakenly considered the Agnews to be of Irish origin, as an Anglicized form of the Irish sept
O'Gnivews, but the name is actually of territorial origin, deriving from Agneaux. They are descended from John McDonnell, brother of Angus
Oge, Lord of the Isles, his grandson being John MacGneive, who was called in English, Agnew.
Early History of the MacGnieve family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacGnieve research.Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1628, 1633, 1864, 1893, 1578, 1661, 1628, 1633, 1643, 1647, 1671, 1644, 1647, 1665, 1667, 1669, 1702, 1685, 1689, 1702, 1660, 1735, 1687, 1771, and 1689 are included under the topic Early MacGnieve History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacGnieve Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Agnew, Gneive, MacGneive, Aggnew, O'Gnieves, O'Gneeves, Agnewe, Agnev and many more.
Early Notables of the MacGnieve family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
from early times was Sir Andrew Agnew, the famous poet; Sir Patrick Agnew, 1st Baronet (c.
1578-1661)Member of Parliament for Wigtownshire
, 1628-1633 and 1643-1647; Sir Andrew Agnew, 2nd Baronet
(died 1671), Member of Parliament for Wigtownshire, in 1644, 1647, 1665, 1667 and 1669; Sir Andrew Agnew, 3rd... Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacGnieve Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacGnieve family to Ireland
Some of the MacGnieve family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the MacGnieve family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Andrew Agnew, who settled in New England
in 1718; Alexander Agnew, who settled in New York in 1774; and another Alexander Agnew, who was on record in New Castle, Delaware in 1789..
The MacGnieve 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: Consilio non impetu
Motto Translation: By wisdom not by rashness.