Brythonic in origin, the name of Onions came from the rugged landscape of Wales
. The name is from the common Welsh personal name
Enion. The Old Welsh
form of this name was Enniaun, which is ultimately derived from the Latin name Annianus. The name is also associated with the Welsh
word "enion," which literally means "anvil" and connotes the qualities of stability and fortitude. Some experts also associate the surname Onions with the Welsh
word "uniawn," which means "upright" or "just." One of the most celebrated bearers of this forename was Einion (or Enyon), a 11th century Welsh
warrior-prince and the son of Collwyn. He played a significant role in the legend of the Conquest of Glamorgan by the Normans
. It is generally believed that he built Port Eynon castle near Swansea, but evidence of the early castle has been lost. Port Eynon (also spelt Port Einon) still survives today as a village and community in the city and county of Swansea.
Early Origins of the Onions family
The surname Onions was first found in Sussex
, where they held a family seat
from early times. The family name is derived from a very popular Welsh personal name
. In the 11th century Einion was a Welsh
prince and warrior, son of Collwyn. Prince Einion played a great part in the famous legend of the Conquest of Glamorgan by the Normans
. Today Port Eynon (Port Einon) is a village in Swansea, Wales
. In England
, the personal name
can be found in Shropshire
as early as 1159, where Ennian filius
Gieruero was registered.
Early History of the Onions family
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Onions Spelling Variations
There are relatively few surnames native to Wales
, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. Early variations of Welsh
surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic
, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh
names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations
were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Onions have included Einion, Ennian, Annian, Anyan, Einion, Ennion, Enions, Inion, Inions, Innion, Innions, Ineon, Eneon, Onion and many more.
Early Notables of the Onions family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Onions family to Ireland
Some of the Onions family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 39 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Onions family to the New World and Oceana
North America in the 1800s and 1900s saw the arrival of many Welsh
people hoping to share in the wealth of land, work, and freedom that they felt North America held. Those who made the journey often attained those expectations, but only through an enormous amount of hard work, perseverance, and often a bout of good luck. These immigrants helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and culture of both Canada and the United States. Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Onions:
Onions Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Edward Boden Onions, who landed in New York in 1832 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Onions (post 1700)
- Alfred Onions (1858-1921), Welsh Labour Party politician
- Oliver Onions (1873-1961), English novelist
- Graham Onions (b. 1982), English cricketer
- George Onions (1883-1944), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
- Charles Talbut Onions (1873-1965), English grammarian and lexicographer