Last name: Enticknap

This very unusual name is both locational and topographical. It derives from a place in Surrey which is now "lost", but was formerly recorded as "Anecknappe". The Translation is believed to be the "valley of the wild duck", certainly "Knappe" refers to Valley, although the prefix is arguably an Olde English personal or tribal name. What seems clear is that sometime around the 15th century the inhabitants of the village left en masse either as a result of plague or more likely under duress as a result of the Enclosure Acts which greatly reduced the common land available for grazing. The former inhabitants "adopted" the name of their home as their surname, a development which lead directly to the variant spelling forms. The early recordings of the name include Thomas de Enticknappe in 1332, who was probably the Lord of the Manor, whilst George Enticknap who appears in the London rolls of 1696 was certainly not. Other recordings include Ann Enticknapp married William Harwood at Brambean, Hampshire on June 20th 1699 and John Enticknapp christened at Bramshot, Hampshire, on August 27th 1703. On October 31st 1758, John Binstead, who married Mary Enticknap at Chalton, Hampshire. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Thomas de Anteknappe, which was dated 1332, in the "Surrey County Pipe Rolls", during the reign of King Edward 111, known as "The Father of the Navy", 1327 - 1377. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

© Copyright: Name Origin Research 1980 - 2015

Want to dig deeper into your family history? Take a look at our page on building a Family Tree. Or get scientific and enter the exciting world of Ancestral DNA!

Surname Scroll

Enjoy this name printed onto our colourful scroll, printed in Olde English script. An ideal gift. View Details.
PayPal Acceptance Mark
Surname Scroll


Jessica Enticknap
I have a sister Katherine Enticknap and a brother Michael Enticknap. My mother is Julie Enticknap and her father is Richard Enticknap. My grandfather grew up in England, and his wife is Judith. they have 2 kids, Sara and Stephen Enticknap. My moms uncles are named Matt Enticknap and Robin Enticknap, and thats all I know :)

Michael Enticknap
Roger Enticknap Posted 13th August 2012 Hi Just messing about with name and came across your post. Roy did research before he died and was in contact with my father. He sent a copy of the family tree he had drawn up. MY grandparents were Edward and Edith and yours I think Frederick and Elizabeth' I have a sister Ann and I think I remember Angela when I was young. I think the family lived in Hounslow. or near London Airport My family lived in Luton, as I still do.

Colin Enticknap

I have read what the experts say about the origin of our family name and wish to put another slant on it. Dunsfold and the surrounding area was the first place in the UK where glass was made. Those that brought this technology were Jewish immigrants who escaped persecution in Alsace. The jews had been blamed for bring the plague into France. On a visit to Germany many years ago I found out a totally different interpretation of our name. The original ancestor was John de Anecknappe. In old german I was told (Knappe) meant a squire (an apprentice knight). So if we break down the name John (apprentice) to a knight called Anec. When I look at my family visual resemblance there is no mistake we have jewish roots. The name was changed to hide the origins and integrate. Another process of integration was conversion to Christianity. In the church of Chiddingfold there are certain symbols which are certainly not Christian and lead more to jewish influence. Another connection with glass making is the fact that a piece of land is called Enticknaps Copse. Coppicing was an old method of managing wood on a sustainable basis. The wood used for the fuel in making the glass. If you look into the origins of glass making Dunsfold was key. It is interesting to compare the topography of the area of Dunsfold and areas in Alsace where also glass was made. I just wish I could positively make the connection but somewhere in the DNA it all fits.

Robert Martin
Hi, decades ago I Knew of an Enticknap family ...... and having just watched a programme about the Beatles on ITV with a production assistant of that name, made me curious of the origins. Regarding Colin's explanations, and the "Origins" (above) suppositions, we have a chicken and egg situation as to whether the name or the village came first ? The glass works is very interesting .... (I was in that trade myself), and I'm sure you all know that "Knapping" was a favourite pass-time of our stone-age relatives. But if we look at the good ol' High or Low German, Nordic, Low lands dialects, we can assume variations of the word Knap can apply to different things, though with a common thread. My suggestion is that it would have been part of the glass industry in the 14th Century. My reasons are that to knap is to chip, break sharply, or crack. All of these actions are basic to glass working. It could have been a specialist skill in those days ........ breaking off a blown glass item from a blowing iron, cracking off a section of glass from an orb of glass to form a rim or literally "knapping off" the thin "over-blow" that can form at the top of a mould.(Flashing, if memory serves) Also a Norse variation of the word could mean "knob" ...... which may have meant a hill top or hillock ........ but may have been used for our present usage of the word Knob ..... a handle which would have been made by a glass worker adding a "glob" or "gob" of molten glass for the purpose of making a "knob-like" handle. Hope this adds to the mystery ;-)) PS. The family I knew of lived in South East London until the mid 1960's and were "monied"