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

The name Page comes from one of the family having worked as a server or personal attendant to a Lord or nobleman. [1] Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational names have remained fairly common in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith, and wright.

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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 Page have been found, including: Page, Paige and others.

First found in Devon where one of the first records of the name was Ralph Page who was listed there in the Pipe Rolls of 1230. A few years later William le Page was listed in the Feet of Fines for Essex in 1240. [2] Lambert Page was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 in Yorkshire. [3] And a few years late to the north, John Page was one of the Scottish prisoners taken in Dunbar Castle in 1296 and confined in Tunbridge Castle. [4]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Page research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1628, 1692, 1693, 1669, 1720, 1708, 1695, 1775 and 1723 are included under the topic Early Page History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 195 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Page Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Page family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Page, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Page Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Page settled in Salem in 1630
  • Thomas Page settled in Boston with his wife and two children in 1635
  • Jo Page, aged 33, landed in Bermuda in 1635
  • Sara Page, aged 31, arrived in Bermuda in 1635
  • Robert Page, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1637


Page Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Matthew Page, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Francis Page, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Elinor Page, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Catherine Page, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Anthony Page, who landed in Virginia in 1714


Page Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Page, aged 51, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Job Page, aged 36, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Joel Page, aged 37, landed in New York in 1812
  • Richard Page, aged 54, landed in New York in 1812
  • George Page, aged 19, landed in Kennebunk, Me in 1830


Page Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Malachy Page, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • François Pagé dit Laverdure, who married Josèphe Loyer in Repentigny, Quebec, in 1761

Page Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Stephen Page, who landed in Canada in 1833
  • Alexander Page, who arrived in Canada in 1834
  • Timothy Terrard Page, who landed in Canada in 1841

Page Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Henry Page, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • William Page, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Mary Page, aged 34, a needlewoman, arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836
  • R. Page a constable, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837
  • Aaron Page, Canadian convict from Halifax, Nova Scotia, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia


Page Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Page, aged 38, a bricklayer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Sarah Page, aged 35, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Mary Page, aged 12, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Joseph Page, aged 5, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • William Page, aged 2, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842


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  • Mr. John Harvey Page (d. 1915), American 1st Class Passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Brigadier-General John Watt Page (1882-1961), American Adjutant-General of Texas (1940-1943)
  • Patti Page (1927-2013), born Clara Ann Fowler, American singer, one of the best-known female artists in traditional pop music and the best-selling female artist of the 1950s
  • Tim Page (b. 1954), American writer, editor, music critic, producer and professor awarded the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism
  • Clarence Page (b. 1947), American reporter who won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary
  • Robert Morris Page (1903-1992), American physicist with the U.S. Naval Research Lab, Washington, DC
  • Bettie Page (1923-2008), American pin-up model, one of the first Playboy playmates
  • Lawrence "Larry" Page (b. 1973), American computer scientist best known as co-founder of Google Inc
  • Anita Page (1910-2008), American film actress who reached stardom in the last years of the silent film era
  • Everill Max "E.M." Page (1893-1959), American lawyer and judge in the state of Oregon

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  • The History and Genealogy of the Robert and Rachel Page Family, c1750-1827 from Goochland County, Virginia, and Spartanburg County, South Caroli.
  • by Donald W. Page, Carolina Page's: (sic) a Compilation of Genealogical Information on Page Families in the Carolinas Beginning in 1521 to Present Ti.
  • by Robert E. Page.
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  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  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. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

Other References

  1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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The Page Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Page 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.

This page was last modified on 26 October 2015 at 23:50.

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