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Where did the English Fagg family come from? What is the English Fagg family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fagg family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fagg family history?

The Fagg 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.

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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 Fagg family name include Fagg, Fag, Fagge, Vagg, Vag, Vagge and others.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fagg 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 Fagg History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 129 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fagg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, 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 Fagg surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Fagg Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Mary Fagg came to Barbados or Jamaica in 1697

Fagg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Francis Fagg settled in Philadelphia in 1816
  • Richard C Fagg, who landed in New York in 1844

Fagg Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • John Ernest Fagg, aged 22, who landed in America from Dover, in 1904
  • Lillie Fagg, aged 23, who settled in America from Faversham, England, in 1909
  • John G. Fagg, aged 39, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Mrs. C.A. Fagg, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • C.A. Fagg, aged 31, who settled in America, in 1911


Fagg Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Michael and Kenedy Fagg arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Kenedy Fagg, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Machel Fagg, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Fagg Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Edward Fagg, English convict from Maidstone, Kent, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia
  • William Fagg, English convict from Maidstone, Kent, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia

Fagg Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Fagg, aged 16, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888

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  • Fred Dow Fagg Jr., American academic, President of the University of Southern California between 1947 and 1957, father of Fred Dow Fagg III
  • George Gardner Fagg (1934-2015), American jurist, United States federal Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (1982-1999)
  • Fred Dow Fagg III (1934-2002), American academic, Dean of the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark in Portland, Oregon from 1973-1982
  • Heriwentha Fagg (1932-2000), American athlete
  • Jimmy Fagg (b. 1929), English stand-up comedian, musician and actor
  • William Buller Fagg (1914-1992), British Keeper of the Department of Anthropology at the British Museum (1969-1974)
  • Bernard Evelyn Buller Fagg (1915-1987), British archaeologist and Museum curator who worked in Nigeria before and after the Second World War
  • Arthur Edward Fagg (1915-1977), English cricketer who played for Kent and England


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  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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The Fagg Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fagg Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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