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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gager, Gagern, Gagers, Gage, Gages, Gagge, Geiger and many more.

First found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where the family has been a prominent family for centuries, and held a family seat with lands and manor. The family were well established in the region of Calvados and several members of the family distinguished themselves through their contributions toward the community in which they lived and were rewarded with lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility.The name is derived from the occupational name for a player on the fiddle, from the word "geige" meaning "fiddle."


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gager research. Another 171 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1685, 1774, 1854, 1555 and 1622 are included under the topic Early Gager History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 23 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gager Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gager Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • William Gager, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1630

Gager Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John B Gager, aged 25, arrived in Missouri in 1844
  • Felix Gager, aged 22, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • James H Gager, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1849
  • Michael Gager, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851
  • W Gager, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851


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  • John Goodrich Gager Jr. (b. 1937), retired Professor of Religion at Princeton University
  • Herbert Gager (b. 1969), retired Austrian international football defender


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  1. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
  4. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  6. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Gager Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gager 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.

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