Egge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The origins of the Egge name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived near a prominent cliff or ridge; on a hillside.
Early Origins of the Egge family
The surname Egge 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."
Important Dates for the Egge family
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Egge Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Egge were recorded, including Edge, Edges, Egge, Eadge, Eadges, Egg, Eage, Egges, Eggs and many more.
Early Notables of the Egge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Egge family to Ireland
Some of the Egge 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.
Migration of the Egge family
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Egge family emigrate to North America: Robert Edge who settled in Boston in 1635; and Thomas Edge who brought his wife and family to Virginia in 1637.