Dagger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The German surname Dagger emerged in the lands that formed the powerful German state of Prussia, which at one time was an immense German territory that stretched from France and the Low Countries to the Baltic sea and Poland. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the German territories were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the Barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known as Prussia was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. The Dagger family emerged in Brandenburg-Prussia, which is essentially the birthplace of modern Germany. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia had incorporated East Prussia, West Prussia and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the unification of Germany.
Early Origins of the Dagger family
The surname Dagger was first found in Prussia, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.
Early History of the Dagger family
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Dagger Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Dagger include Decker, Dekker, Degger, Dagger, Deckert, Deckar, Dekkar, Deggar and many more.
Early Notables of the Dagger family (pre 1700)
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Dagger migration to the United States
Prussia played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany until after the Second World War. Prussia was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Dagger were
Dagger Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Peter Dagger, who landed in Maryland in 1660-1665 
- Elias Dagger, who arrived in Maryland in 1663 
- Isaac Dagger, who arrived in Maryland in 1663 
Dagger migration to Canada
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Dagger Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Elizabeth Dagger, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
- James Dagger, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Margaret Dagger, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Richard Dagger, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Timothy Dagger, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)