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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.

Edgar Early Origins



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.

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Edgar Spelling Variations


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Edgar Spelling Variations



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.

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Edgar Early History


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Edgar Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Edgar Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Edgar Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Edgar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Edgar In Ireland


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Edgar In Ireland



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Edgar (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Edgar (post 1700)



  • 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
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Edgar Historic Events


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Edgar Historic Events




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Suggested Readings for the name Edgar


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Suggested Readings for the name Edgar



  • The Baker Family and the Edgar Family of Ralway, N.J. and New York City by John Milnes Baker.

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Edgar Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. 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).
  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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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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