Show ContentsHagood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the first family to use the name Hagood lived among the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. The name Hagood comes 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 Hagood 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 etymology of the name is much in debate. One source notes the "family are supposed to be derived from the Ogards of co. Hertfordshire." or the name "Haggard is a corruption of "hay-garth," a rick yard, and is so employed in Hall and Holinshed, as well as in several provincial dialects, but most probably, an ancient baptismal name which occurs in Domesday as Acard and Acardus." 1

Early Origins of the Hagood family

The surname Hagood 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 Scottish branch of the family was recorded quite late as "the name occurs in Suffolk in thirteenth century as Hacgard." 2 3

One of the first records of the family was found in Worcestershire, England where Alice Haggard was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1275. 4 In this case, the name may have been derived from the Middle English and Old French word hagard which means 'wild, untamed.'

Early History of the Hagood family

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Hagood Spelling Variations

In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Hagood has been spelled Haggard, Hagard, Hagger, Hagart, Haggart, Hager and many more.

Early Notables of the Hagood family

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Hagood Ranking

In the United States, the name Hagood is the 8,136th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 5

United States Hagood migration to the United States +

In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Hagood:

Hagood Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Vernon Hagood, aged 23, who settled in New York City, in 1922

Contemporary Notables of the name Hagood (post 1700) +

  • Roberet Hagood (b. 1962), American professional baseball player
  • Kenny "Pancho" Hagood (1926-1989), American jazz vocalist
  • Major General Johnson Hagood (1873-1948), Commander of the Third United States Army, recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal
  • Johnson Hagood (1829-1898), American brigadier general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War, 80th Governor of South Carolina (1880 to 1882)
  • Tom Hagood, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Oviedo, Florida, 2007 6
  • Rufus H. Hagood Jr., American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Hawaii Territory, 1932 6
  • R. W. Hagood, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oregon, 1924 6
  • J. McF. Hagood, American politician, Member of Nebraska State House of Representatives, 1869-70 6
  • J. D. Hagood, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1944; Member of Virginia State Senate, 1950 6
  • E. G. Hagood, American politician, Delegate to Alabama convention to ratify 21st amendment from Blount County, 1933 6
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Hagood 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: Modeste conabor
Motto Translation: I will attempt moderately.

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from on Facebook