The Fag surname is thought to come from Middle English word "fagge," in turn from the Old English "facg," which referred to a type of flat fish, and perhaps also a flat loaf; thus it has been suggested that the name may have been occupational
name for a fish seller or a baker.
Early Origins of the Fag family
The surname Fag was first found in Kent
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 1202 when Daniel and William Fagg held estates in that shire.
Early History of the Fag family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fag research.Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1286, 1455, 1487, 1627, 1701, 1645, 1653, 1649, 1649, 1715, 1679, 1681, 1690, 1695, 1701, 1702, 1673, 1736, 1708 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Fag History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fag Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Fag are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Fag include: Fagg, Fag, Fagge, Vagg, Vag, Vagge and others.
Early Notables of the Fag family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir John Fagg, 1st Baronet
(1627-1701), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Rye (1645 to 1653), he purchased the manor of Wiston, West Sussex
in 1649; Sir Robert Fagge... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fag Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fag family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Fag or a variant listed above:
Fag Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Johann Peter Fag, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)