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
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
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
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