Motto

Consilio non petu
(By wisdom, not force)

Badge description

An eagle issuant and reguardant Proper.

Origin of Name

Lands

Lochnaw Castle, Dumfries and Galloway

History
There are two theories as to the origins of the name Agnew. The most widely accepted is that the name is French and derives from the Barony d'Agneaux in Normandy. Emigrants from the region first settled in England before moving north in the 12th century to Liddlesdale, Scotland. The other theory is that the Clan Agnew was connected to one of the tribes in Ulster, Ireland, perhaps a sept of O'Gnive — pronounced O'New. Other versions of the name include O'Gnive, O'Gnyw, and MacGnive. The Agnews may be related to King Somerled from whom the Clan MacDonald descends.

Names associated with this clan

Septs:

Agnew

Agneli

Agnex

Aignell

Aggnew

Agnewe

Agneaux

Aygnel

Angnew

Slavan