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Ennis family page

This family has been present in Jersey since the 1770s


Major Arthur Balleine Ellis, recruiting officer for the Hampshire Regiment throughout World War 1

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Origins of surname

This name is either derived from the Gaelic innis, meaning 'island' or from the village of Ennis in Cornwall.

However, an Ennis descendant offers a different view:

" Don't be confused by the spelling of Ennis, Ennes, Hennesey, Angus and similar words. All are derived from the Irish name Aonghus, meaning "unique choice."
"Gaelic pronunciation goes very soft on what in other language are hard vowels so that the Englishman in trying to copy the delicate sounds made by a Gaelic saying "Aonghus" comes up with

"Hennesey." Ennes and Ennis has come about by a similar process. Ennis, a town in County Clare, Ireland, is the result of an Englishman trying to pronounce Gaelic - this time the word "inis" meaning island.

"It was said that the surname Ennis sprang up and spread out from the borders of Heath and Lough north of Dublin until it was common throughout Ireland and Scotland. Irish history tells that in Donnegal in the 15th century, more than half of the entire population were Ennis or their kin."

Early records

James Ennis, from Plymouth, married Susanne Vautier at St Saviour in 1780. He soon settled into the island way of life, because he was called Jacques in the records of the baptisms of their two children. Although the marriage does not appear to have been recorded, James/Jacques appears to have married for a second time to Elizabeth l'Her and had three more children with her.


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Family wills

These wills created by members of the Ennis family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page

  • Elizabeth Ennis, St Helier - 11 November 1904, D/Y/A/63
  • James Ennis of St Helier, now of St Lawrence - 27 March 1885, D/Y/A/44
  • Louisa Ennis, Brookside, Gorey Village, Grouville, widow of Philip Esnouf and Edward Elias Valpy bequeaths to her four sons Brookside, to be sold - 24 April 1911, D/Y/A/70

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