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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 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.  Lambert Page was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 in Yorkshire.  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. 
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 and 1723 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
Paige Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
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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