Saffige History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Saffige family
The surname Saffige was first found in Cheshire at Barrow, a parish, in the union of Great Boughton, Second division of the hundred of Eddisbury. "[Barrow] consists of Great and Little Barrow. It was given by Ranulph, Earl of Chester, to his nephew William de Albini, Earl of Arundel. The two manors were at a later period possessed by the Despencers, and, after their attainder, were granted by Edward III. to Sir Roger de Swinerton, an heiress of whose family brought them, in marriage, to Sir John Savage, who was knighted by Henry V. at the battle of Agincourt." 
"Savage is an ancient Gloucestershire name, which was represented as Savage or Sauvage in this county as well as in Wilts, in the reign of Edward I. In that reign it was also numerous in one form or the other in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk, where it is still established." 
"This surname is derived from a nickname. 'the savage.'" 
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Walter Salvage in Oxfordshire: and Robert le Savage in Suffolk. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Beatrix Sawage; and Robertus Sawfage. 
Early History of the Saffige family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Saffige research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1177, 1358, 1410, 1400, 1402, 1403, 1404, 1382, 1386, 1385, 1390, 1391, 1401, 1402, 1404, 1393, 1396, 1402, 1406, 1463, 1507, 1603, 1654, 1628, 1694, 1608, 1682, 1635, 1519, 1176, 1760, 1843 and are included under the topic Early Saffige History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Saffige Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Saffige include Savage, Sauvage, Savidge, Savadge and others.
Early Notables of the Saffige family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Arnold Savage of Bobbing, Kent (1358-1410), the English Speaker of the House of Commons (1400-1402) and (1403-1404), a Knight of the Shire of Kent who was referred to as "the great comprehensive symbol of the English people", appointed Sheriff of Kent for 1382 and 1386, knighted in 1385, elected knight of the shire (MP) for Kent in 1390, 1391, 1401, 1402 and 1404, being elected speaker twice, constable of Queenborough castle from 1393 to...
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Migration of the Saffige family to Ireland
Some of the Saffige family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Saffige family
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Saffiges to arrive on North American shores: Robert and Thomas Savadge settled in Virginia in 1623; Ann, Frank, Mart, Thomas Savage settled in Virginia in 1635; John Savage with his wife and children settled in Fort Cumberland Nova Scotia in 1774.
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The Saffige 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: A te pro te
Motto Translation: From thee, for thee.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)