Hedge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Hedge name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived near a hedge or enclosure. This name belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees. The surname Hedge was originally derived from the Old English hecg, which meant hedge. [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Hedge family

The surname Hedge was first found in Kent where John de la Hegge was first listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. The same rolls lists Walter de la Hegge in London. [3]

Edith atte Hegge was listed in Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) [4]

The Assize Rolls of Bedfordshire included Ailmar Hegge in 1227 and a few years later, Robert atte Hegge was listed in the Somerset in the Assize Rolls of 1256. During the reign of King Edward I, Richard de Hegges was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1296 and later, Robert del Hegges was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Yorkshire in 1301. [5]

"Hedges is a name that has at present its principal home in Buckinghamshire, though it also occurs in the surrounding counties of Berkshire, Hertfordshire, and Oxfordshire. Last century a family of gentry bearing this name resided at Cublington, in Buckinghamshire, and there were then others of the name in Stewkley and Whitchurch (Lips.). The name still occurs in Stewkley." [6]

Early History of the Hedge family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hedge research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1296, 1599, 1629, 1649, 1714, 1632, 1701, 1632, 1632 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Hedge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hedge Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Hedge has undergone many spelling variations, including Hedge, Hedges, Hegges, Hegge and others.

Early Notables of the Hedge family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Robert Hegge (1599-1629) was an English academic and antiquary from Durham; and Sir Charles Hedges (1649-1714), of Compton Bassett, Wiltshire, an English lawyer and politician, judge in Admiralty Court, one of Queen Anne's Secretaries of State. He was great-grandson of John Lacy of Wiltshire and was son of Henry...
Another 56 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hedge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Hedge family to Ireland

Some of the Hedge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 63 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hedge migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hedge were among those contributors:

Hedge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Hedge, who arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1634 [7]
  • William Hedge, who arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1634 [7]
  • Nich Hedge, who landed in Virginia in 1658 [7]
  • Samuel Hedge, who settled in New Jersey in 1664 with his wife Anne
  • Mary Hedge, who landed in Maryland in 1673 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Hedge migration to Australia +

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

Hedge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Charles Hedge, aged 26, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Ascendant" [8]
  • Charles Hedge, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ascendant" in 1849 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hedge (post 1700) +

  • Cynthia Hedge Morrell, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 2000 (alternate), 2004, 2008


  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  7. ^ 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)
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ASCENDANT 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Ascendant.htm


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