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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Origins Available: English, Scottish

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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Savage, Sauvage, Savidge, Savadge and others.

First found in Cheshire, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Savage research. Another 232 words(17 lines of text) covering the year 1177 is included under the topic Early Savage History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Savage family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 144 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Savage Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Savage who settled in Virginia in 1607
  • Richard Savage, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1607
  • Ann Savage, who arrived in Virginia in 1621
  • Ann, Frank, Mart, Thomas Savage settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Fr Savage, who arrived in Virginia in 1635

Savage Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliza Savage, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Richd Savage, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Eliz Savage, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • David Savage, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • James Savage, who landed in New England in 1723

Savage Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • James R Savage, who landed in America in 1801
  • Patrick D Savage, aged 25, arrived in Maryland in 1812
  • Crosfield Savage, aged 22, landed in New York in 1812
  • Patrick Savage, who arrived in Louisiana in 1824
  • Anthony Savage, who landed in New York in 1827


  • Augusta Savage (1892-1962), American sculptor associated with the Harlem Renaissance
  • Ann Savage (1921-2008), American film and television actress
  • Eugene Francis Savage (1883-1978), American sculptor best known for the Bailey Fountain in Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, New York
  • Leonard Jimmie Savage (1917-1971), American mathematician and statistician
  • Andrea Savage (b. 1973), American actress
  • Fredrick Aaron "Fred" Savage (b. 1976), American two-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominated, four-time Young Artist Award winning actor, director and producer of television and film, best known for his role as Kevin Arnold in the American television series The Wonder Years
  • Adam Whitney Savage (b. 1967), American two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated industrial design and special effects designer/fabricator
  • Arthur William Savage (1857-1938), American businessman, inventor and explorer, founder of Savage Arms in 1894, best known for producing the Savage Model 99
  • John Savage (b. 1949), born John Youngs, an American Genie Award nominated actor, best known for his roles in The Deer Hunter (1978), Hair (1979) and The Godfather: Part III (1990)
  • Henry Wilson Savage (1859-1927), American theatrical manager



  • America's First Family, the Savages of Virginia by August Burgahrd.
  • Savage-Stillman-Rogers-Lindsey-Dever and Related Families with Magna Carta and Royal Lines by Myrtle Savage Rhoades.
  • We Are the Savages: Descendants of Ensign Thomas Savage of Jamestown by Jacob Cochran Savage.

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: A te pro te
Motto Translation: From thee, for thee.


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