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

The distinguished and ancient surname Haga is Old English in origin, and traces its history back to the Middle Ages, when the island of Britain was inhabited by the Anglo-Saxons. The name is derived from the Old English "haga" or the Old Norse "hagi," which both mean "dweller by the haw." It is likely that the name was first borne by someone who lived near a hedged field or enclosure. Although now the name is pronounced as a single syllable, it was originally pronounced as two, as can be seen from the spelling “Hag-he”. Most likely, the second syllable was a hard “g” sound; the name was probably pronounced “hah-geh”.

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The name, Haga, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Haig, Haigh, Hague, Hait, Haight, Hate, Haga and others.

First found in Yorkshire, where Jollan de Hagh was recorded in 1229. The Scottish branch lived in Bemersyde for many centuries after their arrival in Scotland.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haga research. Another 185 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1800 and 1861 are included under the topic Early Haga History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 21 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Haga Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The New World beckoned settlers from the Scottish-English borders. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Among the early settlers bearing the Haga surname who came to North America were:

Haga Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Joh Daniel Haga, who came to Philadelphia in 1753

Haga Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Adalbert Haga, who sailed from Bremen to New York, N in 1861

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sola Virtus Invicta
Motto Translation: Virtue alone is invincible

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The Haga Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Haga 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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