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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.

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The surname Hedges 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. [1]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)

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hedges Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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
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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
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  • Robert Hedges (1869-1932), American baseball executive, owner of the St. Louis Browns (1902 to 1915)
  • Peter Hedges (b. 1962), American novelist, screenwriter, and film director
  • Michael Hedges (1953-1997), American guitarist
  • Jared Hedges (b. 1980), American screenwriter
  • James Hedges (b. 1939), American prohibitionist
  • Fred Paul Hedges (1921-1999), American guitar maker
  • Benjamin Hedges (1907-1969), American Olympic silver medalist who competed at the 1928 Summer Olympics
  • Chuck Hedges, American Jazz Clarinetist who performs in jazz clubs and festivals world wide
  • 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
  • William Hedges (1856-1935), English-born, Australian politician
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Citations



  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. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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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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