The name Cadger is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a jailer, or prison guard
; people who had been prisoners. The word cage
means prison, and denoted one who either worked there or was incarcerated there. If applied to a jailer, the name is occupational
in nature meaning worker at the prison.
If applied to a former inmate, it is a nickname.
Early Origins of the Cadger family
The surname Cadger was first found in Cambridgeshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Cadger family
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Cadger Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Cadger are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Cadger include Cage, Cadger, Cadge and others.
Early Notables of the Cadger family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cadger family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Cadger or a variant listed above:
Cadger Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Cadger, who landed in Maryland in 1649 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)
- Robert Cadger, who settled in Maryland in 1676