The history of the Nodgate family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in the settlement of Newdigate in the county of Surrey
. The surname Nodgate belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Nodgate family
The surname Nodgate was first found in Surrey
at Newdigate, a village and civil parish in the Mole Valley which dates back to 1167 where it was listed as Niudegate and literally meant "gate by the new wood" from the Old English words niwe + wudu + geat. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Nodgate family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nodgate research.Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1181, 1640, 1500, 1535, 1535, 1571, 1610, 1602, 1678, 1677, 1660, 1644, 1709, 1668 and 1727 are included under the topic Early Nodgate History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Nodgate Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Nodgate include Newdegate, Niwodegate, Newdigate, Newgate and others.
Early Notables of the Nodgate family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sebastian Newdigate, O.Cart., (1500-1535), the seventh child of John Newdigate, Sergeant-at-law; he was executed for treason on June 19th, 1535 for his refusal to accept Henry VIII's assumption of supremacy over the Church in England
, he was beatified by the Catholic Church; Sir... Another 56 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nodgate Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Nodgate family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled 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 ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Nodgate or a variant listed above: John Newgate (also Newdegate) settled in Boston in 1635; Jane Newdigate, who settled in Virginia in 1664; and Nathaniel Newdigate, who arrived in Rhode Island in 1750..
The Nodgate 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: Confide recte agens
Motto Translation: Trust in fair dealing.