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The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Eager came from a group of baptismal surnames which all mean the son of Eggar.

Eager Early Origins



The surname Eager was first found in the counties of Yorkshire and Northumberland, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Eager Spelling Variations


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Eager Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Eager has been recorded under many different variations, including Agar, Algar, Alger, Algore, Augar, Auger, Elger, Elgar, Eager, Eagar, Etches, Eaches and many more.

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Eager Early History


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Eager Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eager research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1672, 1733, 1703, 1713, 1713, 1714, 1715, 1727, 1727 and 1733 are included under the topic Early Eager History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Eager Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Eager Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Eager Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Eager In Ireland


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Eager In Ireland



Some of the Eager family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Eager or a variant listed above:

Eager Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Tho Eager, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
  • Alex Eager settled in Virginia in 1650
  • Alex Eager, who arrived in Virginia in 1650

Eager Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Eager, who landed in New England in 1712

Eager Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John and Joseph Eager settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Robert Eager, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Bernard Eager, aged 30, landed in America in 1822

Eager Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Jochim Eager, aged 29, arrived in Quebec in 1868

Eager Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Eager, aged 23, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Marion"

Eager Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Eager, aged 23, a farm labourer, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
  • Mary Jane Eager, aged 23, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
  • Clara Eager, aged 3, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Eager (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Eager (post 1700)



  • Brigadier-General John Macaulay Eager (1889-1956), American Commanding Officer Italian Service Units at Fort Wadsworth (1944-1945)
  • Samuel Watkins Eager (1789-1860), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from New York 6th District, 1830-31
  • Samuel W. Eager, American politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court 9th District, 1958-60
  • Henry Eager, American Democrat politician, Member of New Mexico State Senate 22nd District, 1937; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1952
  • George Eugene Eager, American politician, U.S. Consul in Barmen, 1914-17
  • George D. Eager, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1912

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Spectemur agendo
Motto Translation: Let us be judged by our actions.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    3. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    11. ...

    The Eager Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Eager 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 5 October 2016 at 17:55.

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