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Where did the English Paige family come from? What is the English Paige family crest and coat of arms? When did the Paige family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Paige family history?

The name Paige finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxons of England. It was given to one who worked as a server or personal attendant to a Lord or nobleman. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational names have remained fairly common in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith, and wright.


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Paige has been recorded under many different variations, including Page, Paige and others.

First found in Sussex where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Paige research. Another 181 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1628, 1692, 1693, 1669, 1720, 1708, 1695, 1775, 1723 and are included under the topic Early Paige History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 195 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Paige Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Paige family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 127 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Paige or a variant listed above:

Paige Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Abraham Paige, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1665
  • Nicholas Paige, who landed in New England in 1675
  • Nathaniel Paige, who arrived in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1685

Paige Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert George Paige, who arrived in New York, NY in 1837
  • D Paige, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • J M Paige, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1860


  • Jennifer Paige (b. 1973), American singer-songwriter, best known for her hit "Crush" in 1998
  • Platoon Sergeant Mitchell Paige (1918-2003), American soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1942
  • Peter Paige (b. 1969), American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • Glenn Durland Paige (b. 1929), American political scientist and Professor Emeritus of political science at the University of Hawai‘i
  • Leroy Paige (1906-1982), original name of Satchel Paige, the American baseball player
  • Elaine Paige OBE (b. 1948), English singer and actress best known for her work in musical theatre
  • Yasmin Paige (b. 1991), English actress
  • Roderick Raynor "Rod" Paige (b. 1933), 7th United States Secretary of Education (2001 to 2005)


  • Carolina Page's: (sic) a Compilation of Genealogical Information on Page Families in the Carolinas Beginning in 1521 to Present Time by Robert E. Page.

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The Paige Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Paige 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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