Origin of the Name England
The ancient history of the name England
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The name England is of locational origin. Variants of the name include Inglis, Angliss, Angless, Anglish, Englishby, Ingoldsby and English. After 1066 this name was commonly used as a distinguishing name for a non-Norman in the regions of most intensive Norman settlement. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland , Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a William le Englich who was recorded in 'Kirbys Quest' in the reign of Edward III and a Richard Inglish who married Elizabeth Macland in Saint James, Clerkenwell, in the year 1668. In Scotland a Thomas Engilsk gave up land he unlawfully bought in Shetland in the year 1485. The names English and England in Ireland are of Norman origin having been brought to the country in the thirteenth century by the l'Angleis family who established the Aingleis Sept along Gaelic lines. County Limerick was the main settlement point. Variants in Ireland include Englishby and even Gallogly.
The England 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 England descendants.