Adgar is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Edgar.
Baptismal names are a form of patronymic
surnames, which come from the vernacular
naming traditions. In this case, the bearer of the surname Adgar took his name from his father's given name, Edgar.
Early Origins of the Adgar family
The surname Adgar 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.
Early History of the Adgar family
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Adgar Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Adgar has undergone many spelling variations
, including Edgar, Edgair, Eger, Eager, Edzer and others.
Early Notables of the Adgar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Adgar family to Ireland
Some of the Adgar family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Adgar family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Adgar were among those contributors: Charles Edgar settled in Virginia in 1642; Mary Edgar settled in Virginia in 1652; John Edgar settled in Maryland in 1666; John, Alexander, Robert, Samuel, Thomas Edgar all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..