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Where did the English Agee family come from? What is the English Agee family crest and coat of arms? When did the Agee family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Agee family history?

Agee is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Agee family lived in Oxfordshire.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Agee are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Agee include Agg, Agge, Aug, Auge and others.

First found in Auge, as De Augo from Crevecoeur, Calvados, in Normandy. The family were bailiffs of the town of Auge. Henry, Duke of Normandy issued a writ insisting that the men of their ilk would not be allowed to attend the fair at Crevecoeur.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Agee research. Another 144 words(10 lines of text) covering the year 1199 is included under the topic Early Agee History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Agee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Agee, or a variant listed above:

Agee Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Adam Agee, who arrived in New Jersey in 1755

Agee Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Kate M. Agee, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Mrs.J. Agee, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Mrs Jas. Agee, aged 23, who settled in America, in 1908
  • James Agee, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1908
  • George W. Agee, aged 35, who settled in America, in 1911


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  • James Rufus Agee (1909-1955), American author, journalist, poet, screenwriter and film critic awarded a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1958
  • Arthur Agee (b. 1972), American basketball player and subject of the documentary Hoop Dreams
  • G. Steven Agee (b. 1952), American federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Mary Cunningham Agee (b. 1951), American former business executive, author, entrepreneur and philanthropist
  • Steve Agee (b. 1969), American actor
  • Tommie Agee (b. 1942), American Major League Baseball player
  • Tommie Agee (b. 1964), American NFL football player
  • William Agee (b. 1938), American business executive
  • Philip Burnett Franklin Agee (1935-2008), American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) case officer and writer
  • Tommie Lee Agee (1942-2001), American baseball player

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  • The Agee Register: A Genealogical Record of the Descendants of Mathieu Agee, a Huguenot Refugee to Virginia by Louis N. Agee.
  • Our Missouri Ancestors in the Counties of Calloway, Osage, Polk, Dallas, Greene: Age-Agee: The Agee Family by Barbara Agee.
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  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Agee Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Agee Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 27 April 2013 at 10:03.

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