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The ancestors of the Heger family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. The name Heger is derived from the Gaelic form Mac-an-t-sagairt, which means son of the priest. Patronymic names often substituted the name of a saint or other revered religious figure in place of a devout bearer's actual father. However, the patronym Heger often denotes actual paternity in this case, since the marriage of clerics in minor orders was permissible, although the marriage of priests was declared illegal and invalid during the 12th century.

Heger Early Origins



The surname Heger was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Heger Spelling Variations


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Heger Spelling Variations



The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. Heger has been spelled Haggard, Hagard, Hagger, Hagart, Haggart,Hager and many more.

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Heger Early History


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Heger Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heger research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Heger Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Heger Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Heger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Heger:

Heger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Fredrik Heger, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Jonathan Heger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Johan Ludwig Heger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Philip Heger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Valentin Heger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1744
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Heger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ignatz Heger, who landed in America in 1834
  • Joh Heinr Heger, who landed in America in 1836
  • Bern Ignatz Heger, who landed in America in 1836
  • Heinr Heger, who landed in America in 1836
  • Steffen Martin Heger, who arrived in America in 1836
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Heger Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Stephen Heger arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Susannah" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Heger (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Heger (post 1700)



  • Eline Heger (1774-1842), née Schmidt, a Danish stage actress and ballet dancer
  • Leoš Heger (b. 1948), Czech doctor, a university lecturer and a politician, 14th Minister of Health (2010-2013)
  • Wanda Maria Heger (b. 1921), Norwegian social worker, noted for her efforts to help Norwegian and other prisoners in Nazi concentration camps during World War II
  • Paul Héger (1846-1925), Belgian biologist
  • Heinz Heger (1917-1994), pen name used of Josef Kohoutan, an Austrian Nazi concentration camp survivor
  • Constantin Georges Romain Héger (1809-1896), Belgian teacher of the Victorian era who became romantically involved with Charlotte Brontë during the 1840s; he tore up her love letters to him only to have them sown back together by his wife
  • Anders Heger (b. 1956), Norwegian publisher and writer, awarded the Brage Prize for his novel Et diktet liv
  • Altfrid Heger, German racing driver who competed in the 1987 World Touring Car Championship, winner of the 1988 Guia Race
  • Robert Heger (1886-1978), German conductor and composer, President of State High School of Munich and First conductor of State Opera, Munich

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Modeste conabor
Motto Translation: I will attempt moderately.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    6. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    7. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    8. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    10. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    11. ...

    The Heger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Heger 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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