The age-old Pictish-Scottish family name Ged is derived from the place called Geddes in the English county of Yorkshire
. The surname Ged belongs to the category of habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Ged family
The surname Ged was first found in Fife
shire where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Ged family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ged research.Another 90 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1300 and 1643 are included under the topic Early Ged History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ged Spelling Variations
In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations
in names were common even among members of one family unit. Ged has appeared Ged, Gedd and others.
Early Notables of the Ged family (pre 1700)
Migration of the Ged family to the New World and Oceana
Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland
, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and Clan
societies that have sprung up throughout North America. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Ged:
Ged Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Ged who settled in New Jersey in 1685
- William Ged, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685 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)
Ged Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Ged, who settled in Georgia
Contemporary Notables of the name Ged (post 1700)
- William Ged (1690-1749), Scottish inventor of stereotyping
- Ged Grimes (b. 1962), Scottish musician, producer and composer, member of the Scottish rock band Simple Minds, perhaps best known for their 1985 hit "Don't You (Forget About Me)"
- Ged Maybury (b. 1953), New Zealand writer of books for children and young adults
The Ged Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto Translation: It endures.
Ged Family Crest Products
- ^ 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)