The name Magor arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Magor 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 Magor family
The surname Magor 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 Magor family
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Magor Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Major, Mauger, Magor, Maior, Mayer, Mayor, Mager and others.
Early Notables of the Magor family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Magor family to Ireland
Some of the Magor family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Magor family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Magor Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Magor, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Waterloo" in 1840 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WATERLOO 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Waterloo.htm
- Elizabeth Magor, aged 25, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Hungerford"
- Elizabeth Magor, aged 5, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Hungerford"
- John Magor, aged 3, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Hungerford"