Hegges History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Hegges dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes 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 Hegges was originally derived from the Old English hecg, which meant hedge. [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Hegges family

The surname Hegges 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 Hegges family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hegges research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1296, 1599, 1629, 1649, 1714, 1632, 1701, 1632, 1632 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Hegges History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hegges Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hegges have been found, including Hedge, Hedges, Hegges, Hegge and others.

Early Notables of the Hegges 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 Hegges family to Ireland

Some of the Hegges family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Hegges family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Hegges, 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.



  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.


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