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.
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. 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 Hegges family
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Hegges 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)
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Migration of the Hegges family to Ireland
Some of the Hegges 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 Hegges family to the New World and Oceana
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.