Agate History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Agate is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the ancient personal name Eggar.
Early Origins of the Agate family
The surname Agate was first found in Lancashire in the north of England, where they held a family seat from ancient times, but from about the 13th century moved south to Foston in Derbyshire, and Sudbury, in the same county.
Early History of the Agate family
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Agate 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 Agate have been found, including Agard, Aggard, Aegard, Agart, Aggart, Egard and many more.
Early Notables of the Agate family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Mabel Agard of Foston; and Étienne Agard de Champs (Dechamps) (1613-1701), a French Jesuit theologian and author.
Arthur Agard or Agarde (1540-1615), was a distinguished antiquary and deputy-chamberlain in the Exchequer, was descended from an ancient Derbyshire family. He...
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Migration of the Agate family to Ireland
Some of the Agate family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Agate migration to the United States +
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 Agate, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :
Agate Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Agate, who arrived in New York in 1795 
- William Agate, who arrived in New York in 1795 
- Thomas Agate, who arrived in New York in 1798 
Agate migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Agate Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Stephen Agate, aged 44, a gardener, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1873
- Caroline J. Agate, aged 41, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1873
- Charles L. Agate, aged 8, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1873
- Henry William Agate, aged 6, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1873
- Ann Rose Agate, aged 4, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1873
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Contemporary Notables of the name Agate (post 1700) +
- Alexander Agate (b. 1994), American actor
- Alfred Thomas Agate (1812-1846), American painter and miniaturist
- Frederick Styles Agate (1803-1844), American painter
- James Evershed Agate (1877-1947), English critic
Related Stories +
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)