Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to 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 Cager 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 Cager family
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Cager Spelling Variations
hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Cager include Cage, Cadger, Cadge and others.
Early Notables of the Cager family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cager family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Cager were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Cager Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
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