Lodge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Lodge came to England with the ancestors of the Lodge family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Lodge family lived in Suffolk. Their name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Loges in Calvados, Normandy.

Early Origins of the Lodge family

The surname Lodge was first found in Suffolk 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 Lodge family

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Lodge Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Lodge, Loge and others.

Early Notables of the Lodge family (pre 1700)

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Lodge Ranking

In the United States, the name Lodge is the 8,183rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1] However, in Newfoundland, Canada, the name Lodge is ranked the 780th most popular surname with an estimated 53 people with that name. [2]


United States Lodge migration to the United States +

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Lodge or a variant listed above:

Lodge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Lodge, who landed in Virginia in 1637 [3]
  • George Lodge, who settled in Virginia in 1638
  • George Lodge, who arrived in Maryland or Virginia in 1661 [3]
  • Henry Lodge, who arrived in Maryland in 1661 [3]
  • Margaret Lodge, who arrived in Maryland in 1672 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Lodge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Lodge, who arrived in New York in 1833 [3]
  • John Lodge, who landed in New York in 1845 [3]
  • Catherine Lodge, aged 24, who landed in New York in 1849 [3]
  • Susan Lodge, aged 26, who arrived in New York in 1849 [3]
  • William Lodge, aged 21, who arrived in New York in 1849 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Lodge migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lodge Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mathew Lodge, who arrived in Fort Cumberland Nova Scotia in 1775
  • Mathew Lodge, aged 20, who arrived in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1775

Australia Lodge migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Lodge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Robert Lodge, a carpenter, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mr. George Lodge, British Convict who was convicted in Maidstone, Kent, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Eden" on 12th March 1842, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Island) [4]
  • Mr. Henry Lodge, (b. 1825), aged 17, English farm labourer who was convicted in Chelmsford, Essex, England for 14 years for house breaking, transported aboard the "Eden" on 12th March 1842, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Island), he died in 1897 [4]
  • Mr. Robert Lodge, British Convict who was convicted in Beccles, Suffolk, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Eden" on 12th March 1842, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Island) [4]
  • Charles Lodge, aged 26, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle" [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Lodge migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Lodge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Lodge, aged 31, a mason, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • Harriett Lodge, aged 27, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • John Lodge, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Aurora
  • Ms. Lodge, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Donna Anita" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 14th June 1863 [6]
  • H. C. Lodge, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Excelsior" in 1869
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Lodge 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. [7]
Lodge Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • William Lodge, aged 13, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [3]
  • Mr. William Lodge, (b. 1622), aged 13, British settler travelling from London, England aboard the ship "Peter Bonaventure" arriving in Barbados and St Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1635 [8]
  • Henry Lodge, who settled in Jamaica in 1686

Contemporary Notables of the name Lodge (post 1700) +

  • Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., (1902-1985), American politician, U.S. Senator
  • George Cabot Lodge (1873-1909), American poet
  • John C Lodge (1862-1950), American politician, Mayor of Detroit, Michigan, 1922-1924 and 1927-1929
  • Stephen Lodge (b. 1943), American author, television screenwriter and actor
  • John Davis Lodge (1903-1985), United States Republican politician, was governor of Connecticut from 1951 to 1955. He was also an actor and U.S. Ambassador to Spain, Argentina and Switzerland
  • John Davis Lodge (1903-1985), American Republican politician, Governor of Connecticut, 1951-55; U.S. Ambassador to Spain, 1955-61; Argentina, 1969-73; Switzerland, 1983-85 [9]
  • John Christian Lodge (1862-1950), American politician, Mayor of Detroit, Michigan, 1922-23, 1924, 1927-29 [9]
  • Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. (1902-1985), American Republican politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives, 1933-36; U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, 1937-44, 1947-53; Resigned 1944; Defeated, 1952 [9]
  • Henry Cabot Lodge (1850-1924), American Republican politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives, 1880-81; Massachusetts Republican State Chair, 1883 [9]
  • George Cabot Lodge (b. 1927), American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, 1962; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1964 [9]
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th December 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/eden
  5. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 26th June 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Taymouth Castle 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/taymouthcastle1855.shtml.
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  8. ^ Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600's retrieved 23rd September 2021. (Retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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