Egar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the name Egar are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Edgar. Baptismal names are a form of patronymic surnames, which come from the vernacular and religious naming traditions. In this case, the bearer of the surname Egar took his name from his father's given name, Edgar.

Early Origins of the Egar family

The surname Egar was first found in Berwickshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Egar family

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Egar Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Egar family name include Edgar, Edgair, Eger, Eager, Edzer and others.

Early Notables of the Egar family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Egar family to Ireland

Some of the Egar family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 90 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Egar migration to the United States

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Egar surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Egar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jane Egar, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811 [1]
  • Thomas Egar, who arrived in America in 1812 [1]
  • Mary Egar, aged 24, who landed in America in 1822 [1]

Egar migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Egar Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Catherine Egar, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1844

Contemporary Notables of the name Egar (post 1700)

  • Colin John 'Col' Egar (1928-2008), Australian Test cricket umpire


  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)
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