Budge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Budge family

The surname Budge was 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.

Early History of the Budge family

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Budge Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Budge family (pre 1700)

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United States Budge migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • John Budge, who 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, who settled in Georgia in 1775
  • William Budge, aged 22, who landed in Georgia in 1775 [1]
Budge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Richard Budge, aged 24, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • William Budge, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • F Budge, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Henry Budge, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876 [1]
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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Budge migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Budge Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Annie Budge, aged 55, who who immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1908
  • Florence Budge, aged 27, who immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1908
  • Donald Budge, aged 54, who immigrated to Halifax, Canada, in 1912
  • Donald Budge, aged 57, who immigrated to Halifax, Canada, in 1916
  • Alice Budge, aged 55, who immigrated to Halifax, Canada, in 1916

Australia Budge migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Budge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry Budge (b. 1815), aged 19, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 27th March 1834, sentenced for life for housebreaking, transported aboard the ship "Hooghley" on 25th July 1834 to New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • William Budge, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John" in 1840 [3]
  • Anna Budge, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John" in 1840 [3]
  • Mary Ann Budge, aged 29, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1845 [4]
  • William Budge, aged 24, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Budge 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:

Budge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Mary D. Budge, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Ann" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 24th September 1858 [6]
  • Elizabeth Budge, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Anne Dymes" in 1864
  • Mr. George Budge, (b. 1840), aged 24, British shepherd travelling from London aboard the ship "Glenmark" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st January 1865 [6]
  • Mrs. Marion Budge, (b. 1842), aged 22, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Glenmark" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st January 1865 [6]
  • Alice Budge, aged 25, a servant, who arrived in Taranaki aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Budge (post 1700) +

  • William Budge, American politician, Delegate to North Dakota State Constitutional Convention from Grand Forks County, 1889 [7]
  • Henry C. Budge, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Miami, Florida, 1900-12 [7]
  • Hamer Harold Budge (1910-2003), American Republican politician, Member of Idaho State House of Representatives, 1939-42, 1949 [7]
  • Alfred Budge (1868-1951), American Republican politician, District Attorney, 5th District, 1894-98; Bear Lake County Attorney, 1898-1902; District Judge in Idaho 5th District, 1902-14; Justice of Idaho State Supreme Court, 1914-48 [7]
  • Bill Budge (b. 1954), American video game programmer and designer, best known for the Apple II games Raster Blaster (1981) and Pinball Construction Set (1983), founder of BudgeCo was an American video game developer and publisher in the 1980s
  • John Donald "Don" Budge (1915-2000), American tennis champion who was a World No. 1 player for five years (1937-1941),inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1964
  • Hamer H Budge (1910-2003), American politician, 16th Chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (1969-1971), Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Idaho (1951-1961)
  • Ann Budge (b. 1948), Scottish businesswoman and company director, awarded "Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2005
  • Mr. Brian Robert Budge B.E.M., British World Wars Historian, was appointed the British Empire Medal on 8th June 2018, for services to Military History in Orkney [8]
  • Richard John Budge (1947-2016), British coal mining entrepreneur and chairman of The Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisations
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Royal Oak
  • John Budge (d. 1939), British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [9]


The Budge Motto +

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


  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)
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN from London 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840John.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ISABELLA WATSON 1845. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1845IsabellaWatson.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SULTANA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Sultana.htm
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 31 October 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1
  9. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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