Hage History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished and ancient surname Hage is Old English in origin, and traces its history back to the Middle Ages, when the island of Britain was inhabited by the Anglo-Saxons. The name is derived from the Old English "haga" or the Old Norse "hagi," which both mean "dweller by the haw." It is likely that the name was first borne by someone who lived near a hedged field or enclosure. Although now the name is pronounced as a single syllable, it was originally pronounced as two, as can be seen from the spelling “Hag-he”. Most likely, the second syllable was a hard “g” sound; the name was probably pronounced “hah-geh”.

Early Origins of the Hage family

The surname Hage was first found in Yorkshire, where Jollan de Hagh was recorded in 1229. The Scottish branch lived in Bemersyde for many centuries after their arrival in Scotland.

Early History of the Hage family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hage research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1800 and 1861 are included under the topic Early Hage History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hage Spelling Variations

Although the name, Hage, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Haig, Haigh, Hague, Hait, Haight, Hate, Haga and others.

Early Notables of the Hage family (pre 1700)

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United States Hage migration to the United States +

Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Hage family name Hage, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Hage Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Sarah Hage, who landed in Maryland in 1665 [1]
Hage Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Hage, who arrived in Virginia in 1703 [1]
  • Jane Hage, who arrived in Virginia in 1703 [1]
  • Hans Jacob Hage, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752 [1]
  • Johan Hage, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1766 [1]
  • Johan Hage, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1766
Hage Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Elisabeth Hage, who arrived in America in 1854 [1]
  • August Hage, who was naturalized in Colorado in 1889

New Zealand Hage migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hage Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Hannah Hage a servant, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eagle" in 1854


The Hage 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: Sola Virtus Invicta
Motto Translation: Virtue alone is invincible


  1. ^ 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)


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