The name Hedgers is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family 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 Hedgers was originally derived from the Old English hecg,
which meant hedge.
Early Origins of the Hedgers family
The surname Hedgers 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Hedgers family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hedgers research.Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1296, 1599, 1629, 1649, 1714, 1632 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Hedgers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hedgers Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Hedgers are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Hedgers include: Hedge, Hedges, Hegges, Hegge and others.
Early Notables of the Hedgers family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hedgers family to Ireland
Some of the Hedgers family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 115 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hedgers family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Hedgers or a variant listed above: Mary Hedge settled in Pennsylvania in 1682; Samuel Hedge settled in Delaware in 1675; another Samuel Hedge settled in New Jersey in 1664 with his wife Anne.