Hagey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The distinguished and ancient surname Hagey 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 Hagey family
The surname Hagey 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 Hagey family
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Hagey Spelling Variations
The name Hagey, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Haig, Haigh, Hague, Hait, Haight, Hate, Haga and others.
Early Notables of the Hagey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hagey family
The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Hagey family, or who bore a variation of the surname Hagey were William Haige, who settled in Delaware in 1681; Thomas Haig arrived in Philadelphia in 1880; Amos, Benjamin, Charles, Fred, John, Joseph, Samuel Haigh arrived in Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860..
Contemporary Notables of the name Hagey (post 1700) +
- J. Elvin Hagey, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1908 
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The Hagey 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