Magers is one of the names that was brought to England
in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Magers family name comes from the Norman given name Mauger.
The name indicates one who is the son of Maugier,
an Old French personal name
, which is derived from the Old Germanic name Malger,
which means council spear. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early Origins of the Magers family
The surname Magers was first found in Normandy
where Mauguer was the third son of Richard I, Duke of Normandy
and his second wife, Gunnora. He ruled as Count of Corbeil through his wife Germaine de Corbeil.
Mauger (or Malger) was the youngest son of Richard II and his second wife, Papia of Envermeu. He rose to become Archbishop of Rouen in 1037. However, as he opposed the marriage of Duke William and Matilda of Flanders in 1049, he was banished from Rouen to the Isle of Guernsey. There he married Gisella or Guille "without sanction of the Church, he formed an intimacy that resulted in numerous progeny, some of whom took their father's, others their mother's name. 'Hence,' observes a correspondent 'Guilles and Maugers are as plentiful as blackberries on the Channel Islands'"CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.. The Norman poet Wace (c.1110-1174), related stories of his life on the Channel Islands some 100 years later.
Another Mauger was royal clerk and physician before he was elected to the see of Worcester in 1199, a position held until his death in 1212. Sir Mathias Mayer (Mayor), originally a Jerseyman was ancestor of the Majors of Hampshire.
Over in England, "the font-name was fairly popular in the 13th century. Mauger is found as a single personal name in the Hundred Rolls." 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) However, the Hundred Rolls (Hundredorum Rolls) of 1273 had listings as a surname too: Thomas filius Mager in Lincolnshire; Walter Mauger in Cambridgeshire; and Richard Malgor in Buckinghamshire. 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 Magers family
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Magers Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Magers has been recorded under many different variations, including Major, Mauger, Magor, Maior, Mayer, Mayor, Mager and others.
Early Notables of the Magers family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Magers family to Ireland
Some of the Magers family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Magers family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Magerss were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Magers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Diedrich Magers, aged 35, who arrived in Missouri in 1844 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Magers Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Amanda Magers, aged 8, who emigrated to the United States, in 1902
- Harry Magers, aged 7, who settled in America, in 1902
- Minna Magers, aged 31, who settled in America, in 1902
- Joseph Magers, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1905
- Florence Magers, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1905
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Contemporary Notables of the name Magers (post 1700)
- Rose Mary Magers -Powell (b. 1960), American retired female Olympic silver medalist volleyball player
- Ron Magers (b. 1944), American telvision news anchor for WLS-TV
- Gretchen Anne Magers (b. 1964), American former professional tennis player