The name Judges came to England
with the ancestors of the Judges family in the Norman Conquest
in 1066. The surname Judges is for a person who was an officer of justice. The name Judges was also a nickname
surname for a person who was solemn and authoritative, or someone who behaved like a judge. The name is derive from the Old English word juge,
which means judge.
Early Origins of the Judges family
The surname Judges was first found in Warwickshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Judges family
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Judges Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Judge, Juge, Jude and others.
Early Notables of the Judges family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Judges family to Ireland
Some of the Judges family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 145 words (10 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 Judges family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Judges or a variant listed above were: Judith Judge settled in New England
in 1748; Brian, Charles, Hugh, James, John, Joseph, Michael, Robert, Thomas and William Judge, all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..