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Mauger is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It 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 Mauger family

The surname Mauger 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 Mauger family

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Mauger Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Mauger family name include Major, Mauger, Magor, Maior, Mayer, Mayor, Mager and others.

Early Notables of the Mauger family (pre 1700)

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Mauger Ranking

In France, the name Mauger is the 938th most popular surname with an estimated 5,567 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Mauger family to Ireland

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

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Mauger family to immigrate North America:

Mauger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henrietta Mauger, aged 52, who settled in America, in 1893
  • Julie Mauger, aged 4, who landed in America, in 1895
  • Emil Mauger, aged 11, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • Sorgue Mauger, aged 50, who landed in America, in 1895
Mauger Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Max Mauger, aged 34, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Rachel Mauger, aged 54, who settled in America, in 1910
  • Sarah Ann Mauger, aged 69, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • D. Mauger, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1911
  • Franklin Mauger, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Mauger migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mauger Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Joshua Mauger, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Jacob Mauger, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Australia Mauger migration to Australia +

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

Mauger Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Martin Mauger, aged 45, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Navarino" [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Mauger (post 1700) +

  • K. Frederick Mauger, American politician, Burgess of Milton, Pennsylvania, 1960 [7]
  • Louise Mauger (1598-1690), one of the Canadian pioneers in Montreal
  • Stephen George "Steve" Mauger (1920-1976), Australian politician
  • Nathan Keith Mauger (b. 1978), New Zealand rugby union player
  • Samuel Mauger (1857-1936), Australian social reformer, hat manufacturing unionist and a Protectionist politician
  • Ivan Mauger OBE, MBE (b. 1939), retired New Zealand motorcycle speedway rider
  • Aaron Joseph Douglas Mauger (b. 1980), former New Zealand rugby union player

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  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)
  6. South Australian Register Monday 14th August 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Navarino 1854. Retrieved
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from on Facebook