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Where did the Scottish Budge family come from? What is the Scottish Budge family crest and coat of arms? When did the Budge family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Budge family history?

The ancestors of the Budge surname are thought to have lived in the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. The name Budge was given to someone who lived in Caithness and in Orkney (which are in the Highland region). The surname Budge is also derived from the Old French word bouche, which means "mouth". In English, this French word became bouge and later "Budge". Thus, the original bearer of this name may have been noted for the size or shape of his mouth, or even the amount of food which he ate.

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The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years Budge has appeared as Budge, Budges, Buge, Buges and others.

First found in Caithness (Gaelic: Gallaibh), the northern tip of Scotland, a Norse/Viking controlled region from the 9th century, which became the Earldom of Caithness, where they were very anciently seated. Traditionally, the family is descended from a small sept of McDonalds who removed to the north to escape some alleged crimes. They became the Lairds of Tofftingale and their history in the north of Scotland starts about the late 14th century. They were granted their lands by Henry St.Clair, the first Earl of Orkney.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Budge research. Another 233 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1444 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Budge History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Budge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Budge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Budge, who arrived in Virginia in 1640
  • John Budge settled in Virginia in 1643
  • Josias Budge in Virginia in 1670
  • John Budge who settled in Barbados in 1685

Budge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • William Budge settled in Georgia in 1775
  • William Budge, aged 22, landed in Georgia in 1775

Budge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Richard Budge, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1812
  • William Budge settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • F Budge, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Henry Budge, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876

Budge Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Ellen Budge, aged 25, who arrived in America from Hambridge, England, in 1906
  • Richard Budge, aged 45, who arrived in America from Southampton, in 1906
  • John Budge, aged 29, who arrived in America from Orkney, Scotland, in 1907
  • Mary Jane Budge, aged 21, who arrived in America from Orkney, Scotland, in 1907
  • Angus Budge, aged 1, who arrived in America from Orkney, Scotland, in 1907


Budge Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • Annie Budge, aged 55, who who emigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1908
  • Florence Budge, aged 27, who emigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1908
  • Donald Budge, aged 54, who emigrated to Halifax, Canada, in 1912
  • Donald Budge, aged 57, who emigrated to Halifax, Canada, in 1916
  • Alice Budge, aged 55, who emigrated to Halifax, Canada, in 1916

Budge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Budge arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John" in 1840
  • Anna Budge arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John" in 1840
  • Mary Ann Budge, aged 29, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1845
  • William Budge, aged 24, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851
  • John Budge, Scottish Convict from Scotland, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia


Budge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Elizabeth Budge arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Anne Dymes" in 1864
  • Alice Budge, aged 25, a servant, arrived in Taranaki aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878

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  • Hamer H Budge (1910-2003), American Lawyer and Government Official, Washington D.C.
  • Don Budge (b. 1915), American tennis player
  • John Donald "Don" Budge (1915-2000), American tennis champion
  • Sir Ernest Alfred Thompson Wallis Budge (1857-1934), English Egyptologist, Orientalist, and Philologist
  • Rev. Ronald Henderson Gunn Budge, Church of Scotland Clergyman, Extra Chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II in Scotland


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Stricta parata neci
Motto Translation: I am prepared to destroy evil

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The Budge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Budge 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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