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Agee is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Agee family lived in Oxfordshire.


The surname Agee was first found in Auge, as De Augo from Crevecoeur, Calvados, in Normandy. The family were bailiffs of the town of Auge. Henry, Duke of Normandy issued a writ insisting that the men of their ilk would not be allowed to attend the fair at Crevecoeur.

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Agee are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Agee include Agg, Agge, Aug, Auge and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Agee research. Another 144 words (10 lines of text) covering the year 1199 is included under the topic Early Agee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


More information is included under the topic Early Agee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Agee, or a variant listed above:

Agee Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Adam Agee, who arrived in New Jersey in 1755

Agee Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Kate M. Agee, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Mrs. J. Agee, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Mrs James Agee, aged 23, who settled in America, in 1908
  • James Agee, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1908
  • George W. Agee, aged 35, who settled in America, in 1911
  • ...

  • James Rufus Agee (1909-1955), American author, journalist, poet, screenwriter and film critic awarded a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1958
  • Sam Agee (1915-2006), American football running back for the Chicago Cardinals (1938-1939)
  • Ann Agee, American artist in ceramics, a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow
  • Christopher Robert "Chris" Agee (b. 1956), American poet, essayist and editor
  • Jonis Agee (b. 1943), American writer of short stories, novels, essays, and screenplays, three-time listed by the New York Times Notable Books
  • Alfred Whitman Agee (1850-1938), American politician, 3rd Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska (1883-1885)
  • Melvin "Mel" Agee (1968-2008), professional American football defensive lineman
  • Tawatha Agee, American background singer and song-writer
  • Bob R. Agee, American academic, 13th President of Oklahoma Baptist University from 1982 to 1998
  • William Joseph Agee (b. 1938), American business executive, former president and CEO of the Bendix Corporation, Finance Magazine's "Financial Man of the Year" in 1976
  • ...

  • The Agee Register: A Genealogical Record of the Descendants of Mathieu Agee, a Huguenot Refugee to Virginia by Louis N. Agee.
  • Our Missouri Ancestors in the Counties of Calloway, Osage, Polk, Dallas, Greene: Age-Agee: The Agee Family by Barbara Agee.

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    Other References

    1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    3. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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    The Agee Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Agee 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.

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