Origin of the Name Angus
The origin of the name Angus
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Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Angus
include Anguson, Angusson and Anguish. Meaning 'unique choice' this name was borne by an eighth century Pictish King, being the son of Daghda. The name has the same origin same as the Clan MacInnes who have evolved from the Dalriada Scots. Angus, son of Fergus, King of the Picts, engaged in Battles against the Scots at Athelstaneford, north east of Haddington in East Lothian. In legend he won a great victory through the intervention of Saint Andrew, when a white cross formation of clouds was seen in the sky. The Stewarts and Douglases held the Earldom of Angus and it is now vested in the Dukedom of Hamilton. Lands of Abernethy were owned by Earls of Angus of various families. The modern Gaelic form of the name is MacAonghuis which in Ireland has become anglicized as McGuinness and McGinnis.
The Angus coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Angus descendants.