Pidge is an Anglo-Saxon
name. The name was originally given to a server or personal attendant to a Lord or nobleman. CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8) 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.
Early Origins of the Pidge family
The surname Pidge was 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Lambert Page was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 in Yorkshire
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
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. CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Pidge family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pidge 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 Pidge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pidge Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Pidge has appeared include Page, Paige and others.
Early Notables of the Pidge family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Thomas Page of Somerset; and Colonel John Page (1628-1692), from Bedfont, Middlesex, an English merchant and settler in Middle Plantation on the Virginia Peninsula, member of the Virginia House of Burgesses and the Council of the Virginia Colony; Gregory Page (died 1693); and his... Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pidge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pidge family to Ireland
Some of the Pidge 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pidge family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Pidge arrived in North America very early: Robert Page settled in Boston with his wife and three children in 1637; Thomas Page settled in Boston with his wife and two children in 1635; Elizabeth Page settled with her husband Edward in Barbados in 1670.