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The Anglo-Saxon name Inge comes from when the family resided in an area that was referred to as the ing, which means the meadow by a river. [1] The name could also have been a baptismal name as in son of Inge. [2]

"Ing is an ancient clerical name in [Buckinghamshire]. Roger Inge was rector of Maid's Moreton in 1291; and John Inge was vicar of Stanton - Barry in 1425." [3]

Early Origins of the Inge family

The surname Inge was first found in Leicestershire where the first record of the family was found c. 1160 when the Latin form Inga was recorded. This entry may have been a forename but more likely a surname. As a forename, we continue with Inga filia Thoire in the Assize Rolls of Lincolnshire in 1202 and later Inga of the Hull in the Subsidy Rolls of Warwickshire in 1332.

As a surname, John Ing was found in the Curia Regis Rolls for Gloucestershire in 1212 and later William Ingge was found in the Assize Rolls for Staffordshire in 1283. Reginald de Inga was recorded in the Pipe Rolls for Essex in 1162 and later, Ralph de Ging was found in Devon in 1245. [4]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had two listings for the family: John Inge, Oxfordshire; and William Inge, Huntingdonshire. [2] Robert Inge was rector of Salthouse, Norfolk in 1327. [5]

Early History of the Inge family

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Inge Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Inge has been recorded under many different variations, including Inge, Ing and others.

Early Notables of the Inge family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Hugh Inge or Ynge, (1527-1528) Achbishop of Dublin and Lord Chancellor of Ireland, born at Shepton Mallet, Somersetshire. He became a scholar of Winchester College in 1480, and in 1484 became scholar, and in 1488 fellow, of New College, Oxford, where he graduated in arts and resided until 1496. He travelled in foreign parts, and received the degree of D.D. from a continental university, being incorporated in the same degree at Oxford on 3 April 1511. He...
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Inge Ranking

In the United States, the name Inge is the 14,292nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [6]

United States Inge migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Inge or a variant listed above:

Inge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Inge, who settled in Nevis in 1654
  • Jane Inge, who landed in Maryland in 1665 [7]
Inge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Vincing Inge, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [7]
Inge Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • J. M. P. Inge, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Ceila Inge, aged 47, who landed in America from Halling, England, in 1907
  • George Inge, aged 43, who immigrated to the United States from Taversham, England, in 1907
  • Harry Inge, aged 47, who landed in America from Halling, England, in 1907
  • Karl Inge, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1924

Canada Inge migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Inge Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Alice Inge, aged 43, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1916

West Indies Inge migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [8]
Inge Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Richard Inge, who settled in Jamaica in 1690

Contemporary Notables of the name Inge (post 1700) +

  • William Motter Inge (1913-1973), American playwright and novelist awarded the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
  • M Thomas Inge, American author and authority on popular culture and comic art history
  • Charles Brandon Inge (b. 1977), American Major League Baseball third baseman for the Detroit Tigers
  • Very Revernd William Ralph Inge (1860-1954), English author, Anglican priest, and professor of divinity at Cambridge
  • Field Marshal Peter Anthony Inge KG, GCB, PC, DL (1935-2022), British Baron Inge, Chief of the General Staff (1992-1994) and Chief of the Defence Staff (1994-1997)
  • Ruth Inge Hardison (1914-2016), American sculptor, artist, and photographer, best known for her 1960s busts entitled "Negro Giants in History"
  • Armistead Inge Selden Jr. (1921-1985), American politician, U.S. Representative from Alabama
  • Jan Inge Sorbo (b. 1954), Norwegian philologist, author and poet
  • Armistead Inge Selden Jr. (1921-1985), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Fiji, 1974-79; New Zealand, 1974-79; Tonga, 1974-79; Western Samoa, 1974-79 [9]
  • Inge Kaul (1944-2023), German development economist and adjunct professor at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Director of UNDP's Office of Development Studies from 1995 to 2005

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  7. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  9. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from on Facebook