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The ancestors of the Hager family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. The name Hager is derived from the Gaelic form Mac-an-t-sagairt, which means son of the priest. Patronymic names often substituted the name of a saint or other revered religious figure in place of a devout bearer's actual father. However, the patronym Hager often denotes actual paternity in this case, since the marriage of clerics in minor orders was permissible, although the marriage of priests was declared illegal and invalid during the 12th century.

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The surname Hager was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, 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.

The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. Hager has been spelled Haggard, Hagard, Hagger, Hagart, Haggart,Hager and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hager research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hager History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hager Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Hager:

Hager Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Fredrick Hager who arrived in New York state between 1709 and 1710

Hager Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ambrose Hager, who came to Ohio sometime between 1809 and 1852
  • Christopher Hager who arrived in Baltimore in 1828
  • Gottfried Hager who arrived in New York City in 1837
  • Andreas Hager, who arrived in New York, NY in 1849
  • A. Hager who arrived in San Francisco in 1850
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Hager Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alexander Emil Hager, who came to New York in 1910

Hager Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Ambroise Hager, who came to Canada in 1839

Hager Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Eduard Hager, aged 40, a farmer, arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Pauline"
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  • Charles F. Hager, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1916
  • Calvin F. Hager, American politician, Delegate to New Mexico State Constitutional Convention, 1969
  • C. H. Hager, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1944
  • B. M. Hager, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Boone County, 1907-08, 1911-12
  • Alva Lysander Hager (1850-1923), American Republican politician, Member of Iowa State Senate, 1891; U.S. Representative from Iowa 9th District, 1893-99; Defeated, 1898
  • Alden H. Hager, American Republican politician, Postmaster at St. Albans, West Virginia, 1953-54 (acting, 1953-54)
  • Mrs. Clarence Hager, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1952
  • Clarence Hager, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Wayne State University Board of Governors, 1959
  • Clint Wood Hager (1890-1944), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1940; Georgia Republican State Chair, 1937-41
  • D. Milt Hager, American politician, Member of Kentucky State Senate, 1897
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  • The Hager Family: Ancestors and Descendants of August and Mary Barbara (Reiter) Hager by Ruth Ann Abels Hager.
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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: Modeste conabor
Motto Translation: I will attempt moderately.

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    Other References

    1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    2. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    6. 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.
    7. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    8. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    9. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
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    The Hager Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hager 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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