Yes, the Ingersolls are connected to all those nasty Viking stories you heard in history class. In smoother blog I’m gonna get a bit more serious about all those rumors as I learn about my heritage, but this… This entry is mostly for my entertainment and is probably gonna be an evolving topic. I insist upon getting to the truth because I smell a dirty rat among us, however, I don’t ever want to forget my first impression from May 18- the one I had before I ever researched a single thing. There are a few rumors, you see, that I had happened upon not long before this grocery store trip.
I. Ingersoll Name Origin Part 1
May 18- In the grocery store today I was mindlessly wandering down the cheese row & not really thinking about anything. I think I may have been singing to myself, even, that’s how much I was not thinking about anything. I had this silly thought develop & in about 2 seconds I had it all figured out. Thankfully there wasn’t anyone in my immediate vicinity because I was so amused that I laughed a bit. I got to the salami, grabbed it for my son & moved on, trying not to think about it, then thought about the irony that I had just grabbed a salami. At this point, I had only learned 2 things:
- According to Ancestry, the word Ingvarr associates with the word “limper”. Enough said right there to arouse my imagination.
- According to Urban Dictionary, Ingersoll may have been a warrior, particularly the baddest of the badasses. This one was hilarious, but who am I to debunk any such tellings of a historical nature? Here’s the excerpt (grammar corrected, because me):
Via Urban Dictionary: Derived from the language of an ancient and long-forgotten culture, meaning to be of royalty among the gods. An Ingersoll is a warrior of warriors, the baddest of bad-asses… To be an Ingersoll is to be perfect in every way. Those who are born into the name “Ingersoll” rival the manliness and awesomeness of Chuck Norris himself. In fact, it is believed that Chuck Norris was actually once a member of the legendary Ingersoll clan, but when he was denied leadership he detached and was lost in the world… only to resurface centuries later as the current Chuck Norris. Those bearing the name “Ingersoll” are so manly, they have to shave their eyeballs. In fact, after an Ingersoll shaves, he is actually hairier than he was before he shaved. Ingersoll’s are known far and wide for their infamously large penises and ungodly sexual stamina. Ingersoll’s are masters at all aspects of the art known as sex. They are Gods.
Well, that’s quite a claim isn’t it? I would not be able to confirm or deny this, as I did not marry an Ingersoll, I am merely the descendant of them. I recommend someone go find out about these claims and report back.
What we KNOW for sure, at the VERY least, is that Ingersoll’s are Scandinavian. And they went a’Viking as often as was necessary.
There in the grocery store, I was chuckling over the dilemma of which came first, the chicken or the egg? Was the English interpretation developed AFTER the Vikings sacked their cities & bestowed their arts & reproductive prowess upon the villages? Was it an act of revenge meant to curse them for all eternity? Their idea of the ultimate display of douchbaggery? And I believe that if it is, the Brits did this on purpose because they despised a group of the fierce conquerors, they wanted to be catty and come up with the ultimate emasculating translation. The British are known for this type of approach & I know that because I am very familiar with my British heritage. I was raised by Brits, that if I, myself, could not out-muscle or otherwise out-perform the perceived villain, all that is left is to Outfox.
II. Ingersoll Name Origin Part 2
This comes from the book A GENEALOGY OF THE INGERSOLL FAMILY IN AMERICA 1629-1925 and is the most logical explanation, based on collaborations of research.
The name “Inge” is Scandinavian and is first identified as the name of a celebrated Scandinavian Chieftain or Lord by the name of “Ingebar” who came into England with the invading Danish folk and settled in Middlesex and adjoining counties. This “Ingebar” bequeathed his name as a surname to a large number of English families, as for instance such families as Inglis, Ingram, Ingolsby, Ingelow, Ingoldew, Ingerson, Ingelside, Inge, and Ingersoll. It may be noted here that Inge, son of Harold, King of Norway, lived in the
twelfth century, (Patronymica Brittannica-Lower). The name Ingersoll is partly of Scandinavian and partly of French origin.
The name is not a corruption of Inkersall. The reverse is true, and in all cases, whether of localities or persons where the name Inkersall is used, it is plain corruption of Ingersoll. The surname “Inge” has a very definite meaning and origin. “Ink” has no meaning at all. The age was an illiterate one, and nearly all surnames were misspelled in public records.
The name Ingersoll (Inkersall) is due to a combination of the surname “Inge” with the French word “Sale” which is the old French meaning for “house.” The first form of the name, therefore, was Ingersale. This form gradually changed to Ingersole and finally to the present form Ingersoll. It should be noted that the name Ingersoll may possibly have been formed by combination of the Scandinavian word “Inge” with the Scandinavian word hail, holl, or all. The name appears in Beowolf 51547. The Ingersolls (Inkersales) were found in the fifteenth century in Middlesex, Suffolk, Surrey, Hampshire, Nottingham, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. As far as may be ascertained from present sources of information the name, as an appellation of a family of English gentlemen, appeared first in Nottinghamshire and the family which originated there passed into Hertfordshire and possibly later to Hampshire and Bedfordshire.
Meanwhile, the pieces of useless trivia I picked up along the way:
-Without the Vikings, English would be missing some awesome words like berserk, ugly, muck, skull, knife, die, and cake!
-The name Ingvar is an Old Norse first name for men common in Scandinavia meaning “protected by Yngvi“. Many notable Scandinavians have had this name, for example, the founder of IKEA, Ingvar Kamprad, the former Swedish Prime Minister, Ingvar Carlsson, and the legendary Swedish king, Ingvar. The feminine version of the name is Inga.
-List of Norse Gods & Goddesses (more on this later, as it applies to Ingersoll history):
Inkersoll is a place where it is possible the recent generations of our people were when they decided to have a surname. Debunked!