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Where did the English Sager family come from? What is the English Sager family crest and coat of arms? When did the Sager family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sager family history?

It was among those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Sager was formed. The name was derived from the baptismal name for the son of Sigar which was an Old English personal name.


Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Sager include Segar, Seeger, Seegar, Sigar, Sugar, Seager, Sager, Saker, Sakar and many more.

First found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sager research. Another 277 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1564, 1633, 1693, and 1768 are included under the topic Early Sager History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sager Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Sager were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Sager Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Sager, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682

Sager Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anna Barbara Sager, aged 10, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Anna Maria Sager, aged 12, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Samuel Sager settled in Philadelphia in 1733
  • Christina Barbara Sager, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Johan Christian Sager, aged 2, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733

Sager Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Partricuis Abt Sager, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • John Sager, who landed in America in 1810
  • Gabriel Sager, who landed in Ohio in 1816
  • George Sager settled in Boston in 1820
  • Simon Sager, who landed in Arkansas in 1839

Sager Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Hannah Sager, aged 22, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord of the Isles"


  • Ryan Sager, American political writer
  • Ruth Sager (1918-1997), American geneticist
  • Pony Sager (b. 1847), American baseball player
  • Lawrence Sager, American university dean
  • Craig Sager (b. 1949), American broadcaster
  • Carole Bayer Sager (b. 1947), American lyricist, songwriter, and singer
  • Edward A. Sager, American politician, Justice of Iowa State Supreme Court, 1937-42
  • Clarence Sager, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wyoming, 1952
  • Brian Sager, American politician, Mayor of Woodstock, Illinois, 2007-08
  • Arthur N. Sager, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Missouri, 1914



  • The Saeger Family by Elizabeth S. Daniel.
  • The Sagers Clan compiled by Ella Sager Swanson, published in Tucson in 1980.

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The Sager Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sager 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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