The ancestors of the Buges name date back to the kingdom of Dalriada in ancient Scotland
. Buges was a name for someone who lived in Caithness
and in Orkney
(which are in the Highland region). The surname Buges 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 Buges family
The surname Buges 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 Buges family
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Buges Spelling Variations
Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations
. In various documents Buges has been spelled Budge, Budges, Buge, Buges and others.
Early Notables of the Buges family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Buges family to the New World and Oceana
Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence
as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan
societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Buges or a variant listed above:
Buges Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- James Buges, who settled in North Carolina in 1775 with his wife
- James Buges, who arrived in North Carolina in 1775 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
The Buges 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