Noticeboard for Budleigh Salterton:
A quote from the noticeboard:
"He told us the Anniss family name derives from a sailor in the Spanish Armada whose vessel was shipwrecked in the Bristol Channel. The family was first established in North Devon before relocating to Budleigh Salterton."
Suggested: that the name Annis means 'Pure Lamb' - Similar to Agnes.
However I have somewhere tree that suggests at least one Annis/Anniss family derives its name from a Portuguese merchant living in London in the early sixteenth century.
Silas Rendle ANNISS