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

The ancestors of the Hager family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. The name Hager is derived from the Gaelic form Mac-an-t-sagairt, which means son of the priest. Patronymic names often substituted the name of a saint or other revered religious figure in place of a devout bearer's actual father. However, the patronym Hager often denotes actual paternity in this case, since the marriage of clerics in minor orders was permissible, although the marriage of priests was declared illegal and invalid during the 12th century.

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The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. Hager has been spelled Haggard, Hagard, Hagger, Hagart, Haggart,Hager and many more.

First found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hager research. Another 133 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hager History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Hager:

Hager Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Fredrick Hager who arrived in New York state between 1709 and 1710

Hager Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Ambrose Hager, who came to Ohio sometime between 1809 and 1852
  • Christopher Hager who arrived in Baltimore in 1828
  • Gottfried Hager who arrived in New York City in 1837
  • Andreas Hager, who arrived in New York, NY in 1849
  • A. Hager who arrived in San Francisco in 1850


Hager Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Alexander Emil Hager, who came to New York in 1910

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  • Jon Hager (1942-2009), American country musician and comedian
  • Alva Lysander Hager (1850-1923), U.S. Representative from Iowa
  • Britt Hager (b. 1966), former American NFL football linebacker
  • John "Dok" Hager (1858-1932), American cartoonist
  • John Henry Hager (b. 1936), American politician
  • Alice Rogers Hager, Illinois author and writer
  • Nicky Hager (b. 1958), New Zealand author and investigative journalist
  • Axel Hager (b. 1969), German Olympic beach volleyball player
  • Leopold Hager (b. 1935), Austrian conductor


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  • The Hager Family: Ancestors and Descendants of August and Mary Barbara (Reiter) Hager by Ruth Ann Abels Hager.
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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: Modeste conabor
Motto Translation: I will attempt moderately.

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  1. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  4. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  5. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  9. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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The Hager Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hager 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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