Agnew - Anglicised Surnames in Ireland
|Author||Padraig Mac Giolla-Domhnaigh|
|Source||Some Anglicised Surnames in Ireland|
Agnew—The poet sept O Gnimh, chief poets to the O'Neills of Clann-Aodh-Buidhe, in Down and Antrim, have in most cases assumed the name of Agnew and Grew. The chief poet of the name in the 16th century wrote a poem entitled "The Downfall of the Gael," translated into the English language by Sir Samuel Ferguson. The Agnews proper are a sept descended from a branch of the McDonalds, written in Gaelic Mac Gneomhaighe, the surname being common in Scotland and in N.E. Ulster.