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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. [1]

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'"[2]. 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.

In England, the Domesday Book of 1086 records the name as a surname in Latin form: Hugo filius Malgeri. [3] The same source also lists a variant, similarly in Latin: Drogo filius Matelgerii. [1] As a forename we find Malger filius Gilleberti in Nottinghamshire (1150-1160.) In Somerset, John Mauger or Malger was listed there in 1250 and later in the Assize Rolls on 1272. The place name "Tolleshunt Major (Essex) owes its attribute to the Domesday Book's Malger." [1]

"The font-name was fairly popular in the 13th century. Mauger is found as a single personal name in the Hundredorum Rolls." [4] However, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had listings as a surname too: Thomas filius Mager in Lincolnshire; Walter Mauger in Cambridgeshire; and Richard Malgor in Buckinghamshire. [4]

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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Ireland Migration of the Magor family to Ireland

Some of the Magor family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Magor migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Magor or a variant listed above:

Magor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Simon Magor, (b. 1876), aged 23, Cornish shoemaker travelling aboard the ship "St Paul" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 15th July 1899 en route to Boston, Massachusetts, USA [5]

Australia Magor migration to Australia +

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

Magor Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Magor, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Waterloo" in 1840 [6]
  • Mr. Richard Magor, (b. 1833), aged 21, British settler travelling aboard the ship "Historia" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 7th August 1854 [7]
  • 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"
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  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from
  6. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WATERLOO 1840. Retrieved from
  7. Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from on Facebook