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ENGLISH : This last name is indexed 184,876 times on Geneanet!

Origin of last name

ENGLISH : 1: English Scottish and Welsh: ethnic name from Middle English English Inglish Inglis ‘English’ (Old English Englisc) sometimes alternating with Anglo-Norman French Engleis Engles Anglais Angles (Old French Englois). Compare Inglis and England. Among the aristocracy and upper gentry it marked out a man of English ancestry from one of Norman or continental origin. In counties bordering England with Scotland and Wales the name distinguished an Englishman from a Scot or a native Welshman on both sides of the border. The name may also have been acquired by English merchants who traded abroad or who lived and worked in a ‘French’ borough in England (one exclusively administered by Normans).2: Irish: in Ireland this name was used to denote an Englishman often being adopted for Irish Aingléis ‘Englishman’ or through mistranslation for Mac an Ghallóglaigh see Gallogly and Golightly.

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