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Where did the English Digges family come from? What is the English Digges family crest and coat of arms? When did the Digges family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Digges family history?

The name Digges is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the baptismal name Dod, the short form of Roger. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Digges include Dodge, Doidge, Doge, Doige, Doddge, Doges, Dodges, Doidges and many more.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Digges research. Another 155 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1196, 1214, 1515, 1559, 1546, 1595, 1583, 1639, 1610, 1629, 1651, 1697, 1620, 1674, 1650, 1655, 1656 and are included under the topic Early Digges History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 223 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Digges Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Digges family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Digges Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Edward Digges, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • William Digges, who landed in Maryland in 1680

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  • Deborah Digges (1950-2009), born Deborah Leah Sugarbaker, an American poet and teacher, awarded the Ingram-Merrill Award (1985), National Endowment for the Arts grant (1987), Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award (1987), Guggenheim Fellowship, (1988) and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award (1996)
  • Alyssa Digges, American actress, known for Dead by Dawn 2: The Mask of Conrad (2004)
  • Mae Digges, American actress, known for her role in San Francisco (1936)
  • West Digges (1720-1786), English actor
  • Dudley Digges (1879-1947), Irish stage and film actor, known for his roles in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), The Invisible Man (1933), The Emperor Jones (1933) and The Maltese Falcon (1931)


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The Digges Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Digges Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 9 August 2015 at 10:57.

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