Egg History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Egg is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived near a prominent cliff or ridge; on a hillside. [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Egg family

The surname Egg was first found in Worcestershire where Henry del Egge was listed in the Assize Rolls of 1221. A few years later, John de Egge was listed in the Assize Rolls for Cheshire in 1260 and atte Egge was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Worcestershire in 1327. [3]

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." [1] [4]

Edge is a township, in the parish of Malpas, union of Great Boughton, higher division of the hundred of Broxton in Cheshire; a tything, in the parish of Painswick, union of Stroud, hundred of Bisley, in Gloucestershire; and a township, in the parish of Pontesbury, union of Atcham, hundred of Ford, S. division of the county of Salop (Shropshire.) [5] Another source claims "a location name in Yorkshire," [6] but we cannot trace this.

"The name of Edge is well represented in the Derby district. Several of the boroughreeves of Manchester bore this name last century." [7]

In Somerset, early records there show Robert atte Egge and Is (?Isabel) atte Egge, Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) [8] Only one entry was found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, that of John de Egge, Salop and similarly in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379, Agnes del Egge. [9]

In Lancashire, the Lay Subsidy Rolls record Henry del Egge of Withington, Lancashire, 1332; and John del Egge, of Reddish, Lancashire, 1332. "Therefore the Lancashire Edges probably hailed from Alderley Edge." [9]

Early History of the Egg family

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

Egg Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Egg has been spelled many different ways, including Edge, Edges, Egge, Eadge, Eadges, Egg, Eage, Egges, Eggs and many more.

Early Notables of the Egg family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Egg family to Ireland

Some of the Egg 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 Egg migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Eggs to arrive in North America:

Egg Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joane Egg, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [10]
  • Thomas Egg, who landed in Maryland in 1668 [10]
Egg Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Margreth Egg, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1734 [10]
  • Rodolph Egg, aged 19, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1735 [10]
  • Rudolf Egg, aged 19, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1735 [10]
  • Rudolph Egg, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1735 [10]
  • Rudolph Egg, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1735
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Egg (post 1700) +

  • Augustus Leopold Egg (1816-1863), English subject painter, son of Egg the well-known gunmaker in Piccadilly, where he was born on 2 May 1816
  • Oscar Egg (1890-1961), Swiss track and road bicycle racer

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. W.H. Egg (d. 1912), aged 34, English Steward from London, England who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [11]


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  5. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  6. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  7. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  8. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  9. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  10. ^ 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)
  11. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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