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.

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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.

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.

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 :)

This might be really crazy but I'm looking for my grandad as my dad never met him but he is called Richard Enticknap! and was born and raised in surrey uk there is no relation is there?


Tony Eagle
It's a while since I looked at this particular site - over 2 years I think. James Enticknap was my 6 x Gt Grandfather and interesting to see your entry Wendy. Of all the various direct lines I'm exploring, the Enticknaps are the most challenging and by far outnumber the amount of other family members I have in the Hunts, Eagles, and Barnes. There are Enticknaps from Chiddingfold but I have not really been able to establish a connection with those from Dunsfold. My mother use to take me to Dunsfold when I was a youngster and point out various cottages where family members once lived. Just wished I wrote things down at the time but at least I've now made a couple of trips to St Mary's and All Saint's and started to record things.

Maria Pond
I am researching my family tree and I have an Enticknap branch. My Great Grandmother was Maria Enticknap and she lived in Reading. I know that going back most of the men were blacksmiths. I would like to know more about your roots Jenny, we just might be related.

Jenny Brinck
My branch of the Enticknaps came from around Lurgashall. My great great grandfather John, was a blacksmith in Brook, Surrey and his son Daniel carried on the trade in Cranleigh. My grandmother Edith was one of his children and she married and moved to Wimbledon. I hope this helps.

I also have Enticnaps in my family tree. We have managed to go back to James Enticknap born 1730 in Hascombe, Surrey. He married Elizabeth Borer and they had John Enticknap in 1753 also in Hascombe. He married Mary Mills of Cranleigh and they had children, John 1784, Mary born 1785 and Elizabeth born 1791. John married Charlotte Denyer and they had 8 children, one of which was James Enticknap born 1816. He married Harriett Short born 1817 and they had 12 children!! Well the list goes on a bit more until it gets to me.

When a Mr. Enticknap helped out with the gardening when I was young, my immediate family lived in Nottinghamshire. After discussing ancestry with him one day, my mother returned to the house elated, announcing that she had known his family and brothers in Norfolk where she grew up - Norfolk being where her family and many ancestors came from. She went to the same school as him. She said that his family originally came over from France when fleeing Huguenots (French Protestants) emigrated to Britain in the 16th and 17th century. Could France be the original root of the tree?