|The town received thousands of Christian refugees from Baghdad and Mosul|
Ankawa was originally called Beth Amka, which later morphed to Amku-Bad, Amkawa, and finally Ankawa. The name of the town has been mentioned in different historical books, including Bar Hebraeus' book titled "A Brief History of the Countries", where the he states:
Mongolian troops attacked the area of Erbil on Sunday July 1285 and reached some villages.....including Ankawa.
Ankawa was also mentioned in the book "The Country's Christian", written by Jean-Maurice of France.
Ankawa has many archaeological sites, including "The Hill" which was recorded as an archaeological site in Iraq in 1945.