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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. [1] 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.

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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 Devon where one of the first records of the name was Ralph Page who was listed there in the Pipe Rolls of 1230. A few years later William le Page was listed in the Feet of Fines for Essex in 1240. [2] Lambert Page was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 in Yorkshire. [3] And a few years late to the north, John Page was one of the Scottish prisoners taken in Dunbar Castle in 1296 and confined in Tunbridge Castle. [4] At some point, a branch of the family was established at Steeple Aston in Oxfordshire. " In a chapel on the north side of the chancel are recumbent effigies of Sir Francis Page and his lady, to whom the manor of Middle Aston formerly belonged: Sir Francis destroyed some monuments of the Dinham family to make room for his own, which was erected in his life-time." [5]


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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.

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

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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.

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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

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  • Jennifer Paige (b. 1973), American singer-songwriter, best known for her hit "Crush" in 1998
  • Daniel Paige, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 8th District, 1857-59
  • Charles Paige, American Republican politician, Candidate for New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Franklin 3rd Ward, 1938
  • Calvin De Witt Paige (1848-1930), American Republican politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives, 1878-79; Member of Massachusetts Governor's Council, 1906-07
  • Alonzo Z. Paige, American politician, Member of New York State Senate 3rd District, 1837
  • Alonzo C. Paige, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Schenectady County, 1827-30; Member of New York State Senate 3rd District, 1839-42
  • Allan W. Paige, American politician, Speaker of the Connecticut State House of Representatives, 1891-92
  • Darrell Paige, American politician, Mayor of Muskegon Heights, Michigan, 2008
  • David Raymond Paige (1844-1901), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio 20th District, 1883-85
  • David S. Paige, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 5th District, 1872

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  • 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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  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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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.

This page was last modified on 10 March 2016 at 08:40.

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