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

Mager is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Mager comes from the Norman given name Mauger. The name indicates one who is the son of Maugier, an Old French personal name, which is derived from the Old Germanic name Malger, which means council spear.

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A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Major, Mauger, Magor, Maior, Mayer, Mayor, Mager and others.

First found in on the Isle of Guernsey where Mauger, Archbishop of Rouen and uncle of William the Conqueror settled after abdicating his see. There he married Gisella or Guille "without sanction of the Church, he formed an intimacy that resulted in numerous progeny, some of whom took their father's, others their mother's name. 'Hence,' observes a correspondent 'Guilles and Maugers are as plentiful as blackberries on the Channel Islands'"[1]. Sir Mathias Mayer (Mayor), originally a Jerseyman was ancestor of the Majors of Hampshire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mager research. Another 109 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1469, 1550, 1615, 1655 and are included under the topic Early Mager History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 43 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mager Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Mager family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 133 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Mager or a variant listed above:

Mager Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Peter Mager who settled in Virginia in 1663

Mager Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Nicolaes Mager, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Adam Mager, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1738

Mager Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Charles, James, John, and Peter Mager all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
  • Heinrich Mager, who arrived in New York, NY in 1872
  • Jakob Mager, who arrived in New York, NY in 1872
  • Katharina Mager, aged 31, landed in America in 1892

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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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The Mager Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mager 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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