Show ContentsMaggs History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Maggs was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Maggs family lived in Mogford, Somerset. The parish no longer exists.

Early Origins of the Maggs family

The surname Maggs was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Farrington Gurney. Conjecturally they are descended from Azelin who held this manor from the Bishop of Coutances at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book survey in 1086 A.D.

Early History of the Maggs family

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Maggs Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Moggs, Muggs, Muckford, Muckeford, Muckeforde, Muckforde, Moggeford, Mucksford, Mucksworth, Mucksworthy, Mugford, Mugglesworth, Mogford, Mogworthy, Mogsworthy and many more.

Early Notables of the Maggs family (pre 1700)

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United States Maggs migration to the United States +

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Maggs or a variant listed above:

Maggs Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Maggs, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1854 [1]
  • James Maggs, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1858 [1]

Australia Maggs migration to Australia +

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

Maggs Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Samuel Maggs, (b. 1802), aged 17, English blacksmith who was convicted in Wells, Somerset, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Eliza" on 22nd September 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1837 [2]
  • Thomas Maggs, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]
  • John Maggs, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]
  • James Maggs, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Stebonheath" in 1849 [5]
  • Mary Maggs, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "John Banks" [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Maggs (post 1700) +

  • Donald James Maggs (b. 1961), American former football guard in the NFL
  • John Charles Maggs (1819-1896), English painter best known for his coaching scenes
  • Albert H. Maggs (1916-1994), Australian bookmaker and philanthropist
  • Arnaud Maggs (b. 1926), Canadian artist and photographer
  • Darryl John Maggs (b. 1947), retired Canadian professional ice hockey player
  • Kevin Michael Maggs (b. 1974), former Irish rugby union Centre
  • Anthony Francis O'Connell "Tony" Maggs (1937-2009), South African racing driver

HMS Royal Oak
  • George J. Maggs, British Leading Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [7]

The Maggs Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Cura pii diis sunt
Motto Translation: Pious men are a care to the gods.

  1. 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)
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 10th February 2022). Retrieved from
  3. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from
  4. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from
  5. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STEBONHEATH 1849. Retrieved from
  6. South Australian Register Wednesday 30th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) John Banks 1855. Retrieved
  7. Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from on Facebook