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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.
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.
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.
More information is included under the topic Early Budge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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
Budge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Budge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Budge Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Budge Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
Budge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Budge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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
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.
This page was last modified on 25 February 2015 at 07:34.