McGnieve History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the McGnieve family
The surname McGnieve was first found in the Barony of Agneaux, within Normandy, where "a Marquis d'Agneaux still owns portions of the ancestral fiefs and the Chateau d'Agneaux still overlooks the valley of the Vire. In 1363 the Lochnaw family of the name were appointed hereditary sheriffs of Galloway (Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh) by King David a and they gradually became great land-owners in the province, holding many estates." 
"In 1074 Herbert de Agnellis and Corbin his son sold lands to Odo of Bayeux." 
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 McGnieve family
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McGnieve Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Agnew, Gneive, MacGneive, Aggnew, O'Gnieves, O'Gneeves, Agnewe, Agnev and many more.
Early Notables of the McGnieve 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 Baronet (died 1702), Member...
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Migration of the McGnieve family to Ireland
Some of the McGnieve family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the McGnieve family
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 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.
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