Agassiz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The surname Agassiz is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The name Agassiz comes from a the baptismal name for the son of Agace. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.
Early Origins of the Agassiz family
The surname Agassiz was first found in Huntingdonshire (now a non-metropolitan district of Cambridgeshire) where early records of the name were found as both a forename and a surname. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 revealed: John Messor et Agacia, uxor sua in Cambridgeshire; Agacia de Gatesdon in Devon; Robert filius Agacie in Cambridgeshire; Symon Agace in Huntingdonshire; and William Agaz in Buckinghamshire. 
The Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379 listed Simon Agasson.
Further to the north in Scotland, the variant Haggis is of " local origin from Haggis, a common place name occurring in the shires of Berwick, Ayr, Lanark, Renfrew, Aberdeen, and Banff. "  And the first records of the family include: "Gilbert of Haggehouse, a Scots merchant, was arrested at Lynn in England without cause, 1394; and William Haggus [who] held land in the Almory of Abirbrothoc in 1427." 
Haggis is a savoury pudding and traditional Scottish dish. Thanks to Robert Burns' poem "Address to a Haggis" in 1787, the pudding is a favourite every Robbie Burn's Day where the poem is recited and the pudding is typically piped in with much ceremony.
Early History of the Agassiz family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Agassiz research. Another 84 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1379, 1679, 1540, 1621, 1662, 1564 and 1601 are included under the topic Early Agassiz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Agassiz 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 Agassiz has undergone many spelling variations, including Haggas, Haggis, Hagis, Hagass, Haggist, Hagges, Hages, Hagus, Hagase, Aggas, Agas, Aggs, Agace, Agus and many more.
Early Notables of the Agassiz family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Robert Aggas, (d. 1679) an English painter, who was employed by Charles II as a scene-painter for the theatre in Dorset Garden. 
Ralph Agas (1540-1621), was a land surveyor, who rose to eminence by making maps of London. He was a native of Stoke-by-Nayland, in Suffolk.  
Benjamin Agus (fl...
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Migration of the Agassiz family
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 Agassiz were among those contributors: Humphrey Haggist who settled in Virginia in 1654.
Contemporary Notables of the name Agassiz (post 1700) +
- Alexander Emanuel Agassiz (1835-1910), U.S. scientist and engineer
- Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz (1822-1907), educator; wife of Louis
- Louis Agassiz (1807-1873), Swiss-U.S. zoologist, glaciologist, and geologist
- Alexander Emmanuel Rudolphe Agassiz (1835-1910), oceanographer
- Louis Agassiz Fisk (b. 1874), American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Branford; Elected 1902, 1908; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1904, 1908 
Related Stories +
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ 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)
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html