Hague History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished and ancient surname Hague 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 Hague family

The surname Hague 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 Hague family

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Hague Spelling Variations

The name Hague, 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 Hague family (pre 1700)

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United States Hague migration to the United States +

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 Hague family, or who bore a variation of the surname Hague were

Hague Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Walter Edward Hague, aged 26, who landed in New Haven, Connecticut in 1867 [1]

Australia Hague migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hague Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Hague, (b. 1811), aged 23, English labourer who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 27th September 1834, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Mr. William Hague, English convict who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 18th June 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • Caroline Hague, aged 18, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Marion" in 1849 [4]
  • Joseph Hague, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Susannah" in 1849 [5]
  • Charles Hague, aged 33, a sawyer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" [6]

New Zealand Hague 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:

Hague Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Hague, aged 22, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of The Age" in 1874
  • Eliza Hague, aged 21, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of The Age" in 1874
  • John Sea Hague, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of The Age" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Hague (post 1700) +

  • Richard Hague (b. 1947), American poet and writer
  • Michael Hague (b. 1948), American illustrator, primarily of children's fantasy books
  • William L. Hague (1852-1898), American Major League Baseball player
  • Jim Hague (b. 1961), long-time American sportswriter
  • Arnold Hague (1840-1917), American geologist
  • Joe Clarence Hague (1944-1994), American professional baseball player
  • Frank Hague (1876-1956), American Democratic Party politician
  • James Hague, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly from Walworth County, 1902 [7]
  • George Hague, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 31st District, 1919-22 [7]
  • Frank Hague (1876-1956), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey, 1917-47; Member of Democratic National Committee from New Jersey, 1922-52; Vice-Chair of Democratic National Committee, 1929-39 [7]
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Charles William Hague, British Gun Commissioned, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [8]


The Hague 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bengal-merchant
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The MARION 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Marion.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SUSANNAH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Susannah.htm
  6. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EPAMINONDAS 1852. Retrieved www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1852.shtml
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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