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Where did the English Hedges family come from? What is the English Hedges family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hedges family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hedges family history?

The name Hedges is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of 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 Hedges was originally derived from the Old English hecg, which meant hedge.


The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Hedges has been spelled many different ways, including Hedge, Hedges, Hegges, Hegge and others.

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. [1]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hedges 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 Hedges History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 71 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hedges Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Hedges 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.


Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hedgess to arrive in North America:

Hedges Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Hedges, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1624
  • Francis Hedges, aged 13, landed in Bermuda in 1635
  • Grace, Joseph, Robert, and Sarah Hedges settled in Virginia between 1623 and 1654
  • Walter Hedges, who landed in Virginia in 1664
  • Thomas Hedges, who arrived in Maryland in 1666

Hedges Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Hedges, who arrived in Virginia in 1711

Hedges Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Hedges, who arrived in New York, NY in 1836

Hedges Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Hedges, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Alfred Hedges arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1846
  • Jeremiah Hedges arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1846

Hedges Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Hedges, aged 33, a gardener, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • Eliza Hedges, aged 31, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • Alice M. Hedges, aged 10, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • William Hedges, aged 4, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • Emma Hedges, aged 2, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874


  • Chris Hedges (b. 1956), American journalist and author, specializing in American and Middle Eastern politics and society and part of The New York Times team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for the paper's coverage of global terrorism
  • Chuck Hedges, American Jazz Clarinetist who performs in jazz clubs and festivals world wide
  • Benjamin Hedges (1907-1969), American Olympic silver medalist who competed at the 1928 Summer Olympics
  • Fred Paul Hedges (1921-1999), American guitar maker
  • James Hedges (b. 1939), American prohibitionist
  • Jared Hedges (b. 1980), American screenwriter
  • Michael Hedges (1953-1997), American guitarist
  • Peter Hedges (b. 1962), American novelist, screenwriter, and film director
  • Robert Hedges (1869-1932), American baseball executive, owner of the St. Louis Browns (1902 to 1915)
  • Robert Hedges, British administrator of the English East India Company, President of Bengal (1713 to 1718)



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  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Hedges Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hedges Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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