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

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.


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.

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.


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.


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


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

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"


  • John Henry Hager (b. 1936), American politician
  • John "Dok" Hager (1858-1932), American cartoonist
  • Britt Hager (b. 1966), former American NFL football linebacker
  • Alva Lysander Hager (1850-1923), U.S. Representative from Iowa
  • Jon Hager (1942-2009), American country musician and comedian
  • Nicky Hager (b. 1958), New Zealand investigative journalist, brother of Mandy Hager
  • Amanda "Mandy" Hager (b. 1960), New Zealand writer
  • Alice Rogers Hager, Illinois author and writer
  • Leopold Hager (b. 1935), Austrian conductor
  • Axel Hager (b. 1969), German Olympic beach volleyball player


  • The Hager Family: Ancestors and Descendants of August and Mary Barbara (Reiter) Hager by Ruth Ann Abels Hager.

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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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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