Edge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Edge name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived near a prominent cliff or ridge; on a hillside.

Early Origins of the Edge family

The surname Edge was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from ancient times. The original Edge family probably lived on the side of a hill and were described by the Saxon word "ecg" which meant "edge." After the Norman invasion of England in 1066 the surname was usually spelled "Egge."

Early History of the Edge family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Edge research. Another 66 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 126 and 1260 are included under the topic Early Edge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Edge Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Edge has undergone many spelling variations, including Edge, Edges, Egge, Eadge, Eadges, Egg, Eage, Egges, Eggs and many more.

Early Notables of the Edge family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Edge family to Ireland

Some of the Edge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 70 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Edge migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Edge were among those contributors:

Edge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Edge who settled in Boston in 1635
  • Thomas Edge who brought his wife and family to Virginia in 1637
  • Tho Edge, who landed in Virginia in 1637 [1]
  • Henry Edge, who arrived in Virginia in 1658 [1]
  • Richard Edge, who landed in Maryland in 1660-1664 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Edge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Edge, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [1]
  • John Edge, who landed in America in 1765 [1]
Edge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A Edge, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • C B Edge, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • W L D Edge, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Canada Edge migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Edge Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mrs. Mary Edge U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [2]

Australia Edge migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Edge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Edge migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Edge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Jacob Edge, aged 33, a shoemaker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Mary A. Edge, aged 35, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Hannah Edge, aged 6, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • George Edge, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rob Roy" in 1865
  • William Edge, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rob Roy" in 1865
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Edge (post 1700) +

  • Walter Evans Edge (1873-1956), American politician, two-time Governor of New Jersey
  • Rosalie Barrow Edge (1877-1962), American environmentalist
  • John T. Edge, American food writer and commentator
  • Claude "Butch" Lee Edge (b. 1956), American Major League Baseball player
  • Walter Evans Edge (1873-1956), American Republican politician, Governor of New Jersey, 1917-19, 1944-47; Resigned 1919; U.S. Senator from New Jersey, 1919-29; U.S. Ambassador to France, 1929-33 [4]
  • Tracy Edge, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Carolina, 2008 [4]
  • Kenneth Edge, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1956 [4]
  • J. W. Edge, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1960 [4]
  • Lewis John Spencer Edge (b. 1987), English professional footballer
  • Graeme Charles Edge (b. 1941), English musician, drummer and a songwriter for the Moody Blues
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Frederick William Edge (d. 1912), aged 37, English Deck Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [5]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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