Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally 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 Caiger 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 Caiger family
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Caiger Spelling Variations
spelling variations under which the name Caiger has appeared include Cage, Cadger, Cadge and others.
Early Notables of the Caiger family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Caiger family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Caiger arrived in North America very early: L. Cage who arrived in New Orleans in 1822; Robert Cadger settled in Maryland in 1676; Edward Cadge settled in Virginia in 1620. This same Edward Cadge maybe the ancestor of the notable John Cage of Virginia..
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