Show ContentsFagge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Fagge 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. 1

Early Origins of the Fagge family

The surname Fagge was first found in Kent where "this Kentish family were long connected with the parish of Rye, co. Sussex, and perhaps derived their name from lands there, still called Fagg farm. Feg occurs in Domesday [Book]." 2

The Feet of Fines for Kent listed Daniel and William Fagg as holding estates there in 1202. 1 The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Jananna Fag, Somerset and Peter Fag, Oxfordshire. 3

Early History of the Fagge family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fagge research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1286, 1627, 1645, 1649, 1653, 1673, 1679, 1681, 1690, 1695, 1701, 1702, 1708, 1710, 1715 and 1736 are included under the topic Early Fagge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fagge Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Fagge include Fagg, Fag, Fagge, Vagg, Vag, Vagge and others.

Early Notables of the Fagge family

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Migration of the Fagge family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Fagge or a variant listed above: Mary Fagg, who came to Barbados or Jamaica in 1697; Michael Fagg and Kenedy Fagg, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750; and Francis Fagg, who settled in Philadelphia in 1816..

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) on Facebook