The Surname 'Anglin'

This microsite describes findings from a 2011 research report on the surname 'Anglin' which can also be read as an electronic book on issuu.com. Alternatively, a free copy of the report can be downloaded in PDF format by clicking on the 'Download' button opposite.




The Anglins of Ireland

The Anglins of the Diaspora



This is a report or résumé, of issues raised, findings uncovered and conclusions drawn from an ongoing study into the origins and scatter of the family name Anglin. Obviously it cannot be complete as it concerns a living line of people.

The form chosen for the report was guided by a desire to make the Anglin story available to the ordinary reader without the need to ‘wade through’ the mass of detail that underlies and supports the issues, findings and conclusions.

I researched the Anglin surname’s presence quite widely if not exhaustively. Initially gathering any available information from whatever source. A blessing in following this rather illogical approach was the comparative rarity of the surname, even if it’s spelling could vary. Gathering material in this manner resulted in occasionally being sidetracked, as unexpected information was unearthed. But I lived with that.

In deciding whether or not to accept the information gathered as valid I followed as a standard ‘is it written? And on face value does the written evidence seem reliable?’ This was necessary as too often hearsay, presented under various spurious guises, was and is put forward as fact.

There were migrations of the Irish, including Anglins, to two broad areas, mainland Europe and its colonial offshoots, and to England and the English speaking new world. Realizing historical events would be an essential backdrop; time was spent re-reading relevant aspects of Ireland’s historical relationship with England and mainland Europe, particularly the migrations to the continent and the new world. I do not have French or Spanish, but recently historical and genealogical material held for centuries in mainland Europe, relating to the Irish migrations is becoming available.

A practical reason for building historical awareness is the fact genealogical records of Ireland’s past are sparse and even more so for a rare surname; however, history guides one towards substitute records.

While it has been difficult at times to unearth Anglins of the past, in another way their rarity has given unexpected benefits. I found the story of the few Anglins involved in the Migration to Europe to be a mirror of the migration of Irish people to Europe in the years 1500 to 1900.

Some of the study is still quite fragmentary but by putting all of it into the public domain other Anglin researchers may avoid walking roads already walked. An example of fragmentary and superficial work is the Australasian material but it is included as an appendix in the hope others will focus their research there. I add an apology to Anglin descendants who now live there.

While the Study’s purpose is the origin and scatter of the Anglin Name, it will involve genealogical research, but the building of individual family trees is not it’s direct purpose.

I wish to express my thanks to Mary my wife for her patience as hours were spent in libraries and on the computer; to my brother Art for his help as various problems were analysed and to Alistair Johnston for his work in reading, correcting and publishing the material online. I wish also to express thanks to Karen, Joan and Robert of the DNA project team for invaluable help, to the staff of various County Libraries particularly Matthew Gannon and staff of Boyle Library, the staff of the National Library Dublin, the local Studies departments of Thurles in Tipperary and Cork County Library. Thanks also is due to the Cork Heritage Project, To Bill Anglin and Frank LeVay for giving me access to their research and to other individuals just too many to name. I thank God too for the leisure time following retirement, which allowed for this research.

I dedicate the work to our children Marianne, Oliver and Colum and to Anglin nephews and nieces and others who carry forward the Anglin surname.

Aidan Anglin


My conclusion in regard to the spelling of our surname is: Anglin, Anglim, Hanglin are just different spellings of our original Gaeilge surname O’hAngluinn.