Show ContentsHedger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Hedger comes from the family having resided 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 Hedger was originally derived from the Old English hecg, which meant hedge. [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Hedger family

The surname Hedger 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 Hedger family

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Hedger Spelling Variations

Hedger has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Hedge, Hedges, Hegges, Hegge and others.

Early Notables of the Hedger 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...
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Ireland Migration of the Hedger family to Ireland

Some of the Hedger family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Hedger migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Hedgers to arrive on North American shores:

Hedger Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Hedger, who arrived in Maryland in 1636 [7]
Hedger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Bernard Hedger, aged 25, who arrived in America, in 1893
  • I. Hedger, aged 46, who arrived in America, in 1896
Hedger Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Harold Philip Hedger, aged 35, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1904
  • Thomas Hedger, aged 37, who arrived in America, in 1904
  • Georg Hedger, aged 33, who arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1910
  • Harry Hedger, aged 23, who arrived in America from Steyning, England, in 1914
  • Bertha L. Hedger, aged 24, who arrived in America from Steyning, England, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Hedger migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hedger Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Ellen Mary Hedger, aged 38, who arrived in Camrose, Alberta, Canada, in 1921
  • Phillip Hedger, aged 6, who arrived in Camrose, Alberta, Canada, in 1921

Australia Hedger migration to Australia +

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

Hedger Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Hedger, aged 31, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Violet"

Contemporary Notables of the name Hedger (post 1700) +

  • Kristin Hedger, American politician, Member of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party
  • Peter Hedger (1940-2022), British horse trainer who trained horses which competed in both Flat racing and National Hunt racing
  • Grant Hedger, Australian rugby league footballer of the 1970s
  • Dave Hedger, British house DJ, producer and remixer
  • Charles Hedger, British guitarist known for his work with the extreme metal band Cradle of Filth
  • Jennifer Frances Hedger (b. 1975), Canadian television personality from London, Ontario

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Jess Laxton Hedger, American Seaman First Class from California, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [8]

  1. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. Lower, 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. Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook