The surname Hargis is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
in 1066. The name Hargis comes from a the baptismal name for the son of Agace. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.
Early Origins of the Hargis family
The surname Hargis was first found in Huntingdonshire (now a non-metropolitan district of Cambridgeshire) where early records of the name were found as both a forename and a surname. The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 revealed: John Messor et Agacia, uxor sua in Cambridgeshire; Agacia de Gatesdon in Devon; Robert filius
Agacie in Cambridgeshire; Symon Agace in Huntingdonshire; and William Agaz in Buckinghamshire
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
The Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379 listed Simon Agasson.
Further to the north in Scotland, the variant Haggis is of " local origin from Haggis, a common place name occurring in the shires of Berwick, Ayr, Lanark, Renfrew, Aberdeen, and Banff. " CITATION[CLOSE]
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) And the first records of the family include: "Gilbert of Haggehouse, a Scots merchant, was arrested at Lynn in England without cause, 1394; and William Haggus [who] held land in the Almory of Abirbrothoc in 1427." CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Haggis is a savoury pudding and traditional Scottish dish. Thanks to Robert Burns' poem "Address to a Haggis" in 1787, the pudding is a favourite every Robbie Burn's Day where the poem is recited and the pudding is typically piped in with much ceremony.
Early History of the Hargis family
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Hargis Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Hargis include Haggas, Haggis, Hagis, Hagass, Haggist, Hagges, Hages, Hagus, Hagase, Aggas, Agas, Aggs, Agace, Agus and many more.
Early Notables of the Hargis family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hargis family to Ireland
Some of the Hargis family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Hargis family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Hargis were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Hargis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Jakob Hargis, aged 18, who arrived in New York in 1854 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
- George Rogers Hargis, aged 39, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895
Hargis Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Lionel D. Hargis, aged 30, who emigrated to America from London, in 1906
- Florence Woodward Hargis, aged 58, who landed in America, in 1910
- Mary G. Hargis, aged 39, who landed in America, in 1912
- Lionel Hargis, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1914
- Jessie Hargis, aged 56, who settled in America, in 1914
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Contemporary Notables of the name Hargis (post 1700)
- John Arlington "Shotgun" Hargis (1920-1986), American professional NBA basketball player
- Gary Lynn Hargis (b. 1956), retired American Major League Baseball player
- Denver David Hargis (1921-1989), American politician, U.S. Representative from Kansas (1959 to 1961)
- Vaden Burns Hargis, American academic, current President of the Oklahoma State University
- John Hargis (b. 1975), Olympic gold-medalist swimmer at the 1996 Olympic Games, current Head Swimming & Diving Coach at Penn State