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Re: Bruce Ennis Parkinson
Posted by: Alex Dow (ID *****6925) Date: August 26, 2013 at 05:22:05
In Reply to: Re: Bruce Ennis Parkinson by Sally Stevens ne้ Parkinson of 66366

Afternoon Sally

According to the book, "SCOTTISH SURNAMES", the name derives drom the Gaelic fir "island", so can arise almost anywhere in the Gaelic-speaking community.

Its main Scottish source is from the Barony of Innes on the Moray Firth, when King Malcolm IV graned the Barony and grounds to "Berowald, a Flemish adventurer" in the year 1160.

In the 1881 Census (excluding Ireland), the name "Innes" is concentrated in North-East Scotland, Aberdeenshire, Banffshire and Morayshire, with a lower concentration in Ross & Cromarty.

Ennis shows up in Ayrshire in the same Census, suggesting a possible Irish connection.


The OXFORD NAMES COMPANION (massive tome) also connects INNES with Moray for its main meaning; but also has it as a variation of the name Angus.

Variant spellings are listed as-
Inness, Innis(s), Inns.

No mention of Ireland; and no entry for Ennis etc, although that is not to say that there is no connection.

Keep in mind that many Scots families migrated to Ireland in the Plantation era; and many later generations came back, particulatly in the 19th century.

Alex Dow

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