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Majors Surname History



The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought the Majors family name to the British Isles. Majors 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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


Early Origins of the Majors family


The surname Majors was first found in Normandy where Mauguer was the third son of Richard I, Duke of Normandy and his second wife, Gunnora. He ruled as Count of Corbeil through his wife Germaine de Corbeil.

Mauger (or Malger) was the youngest son of Richard II and his second wife, Papia of Envermeu. He rose to become Archbishop of Rouen in 1037. However, as he opposed the marriage of Duke William and Matilda of Flanders in 1049, he was banished from Rouen to the Isle of Guernsey. 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'"[2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
. The Norman poet Wace (c.1110-1174), related stories of his life on the Channel Islands some 100 years later.

Another Mauger was royal clerk and physician before he was elected to the see of Worcester in 1199, a position held until his death in 1212. Sir Mathias Mayer (Mayor), originally a Jerseyman was ancestor of the Majors of Hampshire.

Over in England, "the font-name was fairly popular in the 13th century. Mauger is found as a single personal name in the Hundred Rolls." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
However, the Hundred Rolls (Hundredorum Rolls) of 1273 had listings as a surname too: Thomas filius Mager in Lincolnshire; Walter Mauger in Cambridgeshire; and Richard Malgor in Buckinghamshire. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


Early History of the Majors family


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Another 55 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1469, 1550, 1615, 1655 and are included under the topic Early Majors History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Majors Spelling Variations


Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Major, Mauger, Magor, Maior, Mayer, Mayor, Mager and others.

Early Notables of the Majors family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Majors family to Ireland


Some of the Majors family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Majors family to the New World and Oceana


To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Majors or a variant listed above:

Majors Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alex Majors, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • Andras Majors, aged 43, who landed in America, in 1895
  • Terez Majors, aged 30, who settled in America, in 1895

Majors Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Vincent Majors, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1919
  • Joseph Majors, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1919
  • Marion Majors, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States, in 1920
  • J. Majors, aged 19, who settled in America, in 1920
  • William Herny Majors, aged 44, who immigrated to America, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Majors (post 1700)


  • Faith Majors (b. 1974), born Faith Noelle Cross, American actress, wife of Lee Majors
  • Austin Majors (b. 1996), American Young Artist Award winning actor
  • Lee Majors (b. 1962), American actor, son of Lee Majors
  • Lee Majors (b. 1939), born Harvey Lee Yeary, American Golden Globe nominated actor, best known for his roles in The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) and The Big Valley (1965)
  • Alexander Majors (1814-1900), American businessman, co-founder of the Pony Express in 1860
  • Johnny Majors (1935-1987), former American college football player and coach, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (1987)
  • Sterling P. Majors, American politician, Delegate to Nebraska State Constitutional Convention, 1864; Delegate to Nebraska State Constitutional Convention, 1871 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • R. Powell Majors, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1964 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • P. J. Majors, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 1896 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • P. J. Majors, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 1868 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

See Also



Citations


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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