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The Sage family has descended through the lines of the ancient Normans that came to England following their Conquest of England in 1066. The Sage name reveals that an early member was a wise or learned person. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old French word sage, meaning wise.

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The surname Sage was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from early times.

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Sage family name include Sage, Sayge and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sage research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1536, 1652, 1652, 1711 and 1652 are included under the topic Early Sage History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sage Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Sage family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Sage family to immigrate North America:

Sage Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Jan Sage who settled in Virginia in 1621 with his wife and six children
  • Gregory Sage, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Gregory Sage settled in Virginia in 1643
  • David Sage, who arrived in Connecticut in 1650
  • William and Hester Sage settled in Barbados in 1663


Sage Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Joh Wilhelm Sage, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1744

Sage Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James Sage, aged 24, arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • Francis Sage arrived in the 1850's in San Francisco
  • J Sage, who landed in Georgia in 1850

Sage Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Cumfort Sage, who landed in Canada in 1828
  • Charles Sage settled in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1830

Sage Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Robert Sage, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Mary Sage, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Clara"

Sage Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • George Sage arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1881
  • Agnes Sage arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1881
  • John Sage arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1881
  • Mary Sage arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1881
  • Ellen Sage, aged 24, a domestic servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884

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  • Michael Sage, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives 61st District, 2012
  • Henry Williams Sage (1814-1897), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Tompkins County, 1847
  • Henry M. Sage (1868-1933), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Albany County 4th District, 1899
  • Enoch Sage, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Chatham, 1820
  • Ebenezer Sage (1755-1834), American Democrat politician, Physician; U.S. Representative from New York 1st District, 1809-15, 1819-20; Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention, 1821
  • E. C. Sage, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 34th District, 1889-90
  • D. D. Sage, American politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 20th District, 1897-98
  • Chauncey S. Sage, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Oswego County 3rd District, 1858, 1871-72
  • Arthur Joseph Sage, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Illinois State Senate 21st District, 1938
  • Omar V. Sage, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Greene County, 1890-91

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  • Sages: Past and Present: Descendants of David Sage, 1639 by Florence Sage Nylin.
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The Sage Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sage 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 22 December 2015 at 20:32.

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