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Early Origins of the Edgett family

The surname Edgett was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1230 when Stephen Egede held estates in that county.

Early History of the Edgett family

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Edgett Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Edgett have been found, including Edget, Edgett, Egede, Egeott, Edgitt, Edgit, Egett and many more.

Early Notables of the Edgett family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • the Edgetts family of Suffolk

Canada Edgett migration to Canada +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Edgett, or a variant listed above:

Edgett Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Joel Edgett U.E. (b. 1761) born in New York, USA who settled in Hillsborough, Albert County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1841 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Edgett (post 1700) +

  • Isaac H. Edgett (1838-1917), Canadian-born, American civil servant and politician, Acting Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth (1911)
  • Orrin B. Edgett, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Lethbridge, 1919 [2]
  • Colonel Charles Edgar Edgett (1883-1947), Canadian warden of the British Columbia Penitentiary (1929–1931), and Chief Constable of the Vancouver Police Department (1931–1933)

  1. 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
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 29) . Retrieved from on Facebook