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The rich and ancient history of the Edgar family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from the baptismal name for the son of Edgar. Baptismal names are a form of patronymic surnames, which come from the vernacular and religious naming traditions. In this case, the bearer of the surname Edgar took his name from his father's given name, Edgar.
The surname Edgar was first found in Berwickshire 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.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Edgar have been found, including Edgar, Edgair, Eger, Eager, Edzer and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Edgar research. Another 336 words (24 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Edgar History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Edgar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Edgar family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 170 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Edgar, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :
Edgar Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Charles Edgar settled in Virginia in 1642
- Charles Edgar, who landed in Virginia in 1642
- Mary Edgar settled in Virginia in 1652
- Mary Edgar, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
- John Edgar, who arrived in Maryland in 1666-1750
Edgar Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- William Edgar, who landed in New York in 1784
Edgar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Day Edgar, who arrived in America in 1805
- David Edgar, who landed in Maryland in 1809
- Patrick N Edgar, aged 34, arrived in North Carolina in 1812
- Samuel Edgar, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1815
- James Edgar, who landed in New York in 1820
Edgar Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Harry Edgar, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1903
Edgar Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. John Edgar U.E. who settled in Kingston, Ontario c. 1784
Edgar Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Anne Edgar, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Thetis"
- Ellen Edgar, aged 24, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"
Edgar Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Edgar, aged 45, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875
- Ann Edgar, aged 46, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875
- Elizabeth Edgar, aged 14, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875
- Jacobina Edgar, aged 11, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875
- Ann Edgar, aged 9, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875
- Robert William "Bob" Edgar (1943-2013), American politician and administrator Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 7th district (1975-1987)
- Joe Edgar, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 48th District, 2012
- James Edgar (b. 1946), American Republican politician, Member of Illinois State House of Representatives, 1977-79; Defeated, 1974; Secretary of State of Illinois, 1981-91; Governor of Illinois, 1991-99
- George C. Edgar, American politician, Mayor of El Reno, Oklahoma, 1955
- G. M. Edgar, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Gold Democrat National Convention from Alabama, 1896
- Donald D. Edgar, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Hong Kong, 1932; U.S. Consul in Geneva, 1937-38
- Betsy J. Edgar, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates 4th District, 1972; Appointed 1972
- Joseph H. Edgar, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1952
- Robert William Edgar (1943-2013), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 7th District, 1975-87; Candidate for U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 1986
- Thomas C. Edgar (1915-1972), American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates, 1961-72
- The Baker Family and the Edgar Family of Ralway, N.J. and New York City by John Milnes Baker.
- Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
- Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
- Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
- Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
- Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
- Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
- Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
- Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
- Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
The Edgar Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Edgar 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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