Agee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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

Early Origins of the Agee family

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.

Important Dates for the Agee family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Agee research. Another 28 words (2 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.

Agee Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Agee family (pre 1700)

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Agee migration to the United States

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 [1]
Agee Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Kate M. Agee, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Mrs. J. Agee, who immigrated 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Agee (post 1700)

  • Tommie Lee Agee (1942-2001), American Major League Baseball center fielder, best known for making two of the greatest catches in World Series history in game three of the 1969 World Series, inductee into the New York Mets Hall of Fame
  • 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
  • Jonis Agee (b. 1943), American writer of short stories, novels, essays, and screenplays, three-time listed by the New York Times Notable Books
  • Christopher Robert "Chris" Agee (b. 1956), American poet, essayist and editor
  • 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
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
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