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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2015

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

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.

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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.

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."


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Edge research. Another 131 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 126 and 1260 are included under the topic Early Edge History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Edge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Edge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 129 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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
  • Henry Edge, who arrived in Virginia in 1658
  • Richard Edge, who landed in Maryland in 1660-1664


Edge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Wm Edge, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • John Edge, who landed in America in 1765

Edge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • A Edge, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • C B Edge, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • W L D Edge, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Edge Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mrs. Mary Edge U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784

Edge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Edge, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia

Edge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Jacob Edge, aged 33, a shoemaker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Mary A. Edge, aged 35, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Hannah Edge, aged 6, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • George Edge arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rob Roy" in 1865
  • William Edge arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rob Roy" in 1865

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  • 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
  • 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
  • Lewis John Spencer Edge (b. 1987), English professional footballer
  • Graeme Charles Edge (b. 1941), English musician, drummer and a songwriter for the Moody Blues
  • Arabella Edge, English writer and novelist, 2001 Commonwealth Writers Prize winner
  • Andrew Edge (b. 1956), English guitarist and vocalist
  • William Edge (1904-1997), British mathematician, best known for his work in finite geometry

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  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. 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. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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The Edge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Edge 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 25 March 2015 at 12:27.

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