Meaning and Origin of: Agnew

Family name origins & meanings

  • Scottish (of Norman origin) : habitational name from Agneaux in Manche, France.
  • Irish and Scottish : Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Gnímh ‘descendant of Gníomh’, a byname meaning ‘action’ or ‘activity’. The Ó Gnímhs were hereditary poets to a branch of the O’Neills; in this family the traditional pronunciation is with the stress on the second syllable.