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The name Majors reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Majors family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Majors is based on 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.

Majors Early Origins



The surname Majors was first found in on the Isle of Guernsey where Mauger, Archbishop of Rouen and uncle of William the Conqueror settled after abdicating his see. 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'"[1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
. Sir Mathias Mayer (Mayor), originally a Jerseyman was ancestor of the Majors of Hampshire.

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Majors Spelling Variations


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Majors Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Majors are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Majors include Major, Mauger, Magor, Maior, Mayer, Mayor, Mager and others.

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Majors Early History


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Majors Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Majors research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1469, 1550, 1615, 1655 and are included under the topic Early Majors History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Majors Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Majors Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Majors Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Majors In Ireland


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Majors In Ireland



Some of the Majors family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Majors, or a variant listed above:

Majors Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alex Majors, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • Andras Majors, aged 43, who landed in America, in 1895
  • Terez Majors, aged 30, who settled in America, in 1895

Majors Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Vincent Majors, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1919
  • Joseph Majors, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1919
  • Marion Majors, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States, in 1920
  • J. Majors, aged 19, who settled in America, in 1920
  • William Herny Majors, aged 44, who emigrated to America, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Majors (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Majors (post 1700)



  • Faith Majors (b. 1974), born Faith Noelle Cross, American actress, wife of Lee Majors
  • Austin Majors (b. 1996), American Young Artist Award winning actor
  • Lee Majors (b. 1962), American actor, son of Lee Majors
  • Lee Majors (b. 1939), born Harvey Lee Yeary, American Golden Globe nominated actor, best known for his roles in The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) and The Big Valley (1965)
  • Alexander Majors (1814-1900), American businessman, co-founder of the Pony Express in 1860
  • Johnny Majors (1935-1987), former American college football player and coach, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (1987)
  • Sterling P. Majors, American politician, Delegate to Nebraska State Constitutional Convention, 1864; Delegate to Nebraska State Constitutional Convention, 1871
  • R. Powell Majors, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1964
  • P. J. Majors, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 1896
  • P. J. Majors, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 1868
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Majors Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Majors Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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