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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016

Origins Available: English, Scottish


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Spelling variations of this family name include: Savage, Sauvage, Savidge, Savadge and others.

First found in Cheshire, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Savage research. Another 232 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1177 is included under the topic Early Savage History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Savage Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Savage family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 144 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Savage Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Savage who settled in Virginia in 1607
  • Richard Savage, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1607
  • Ann Savage, who arrived in Virginia in 1621
  • Ann, Frank, Mart, Thomas Savage settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Fr Savage, who arrived in Virginia in 1635


Savage Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Eliza Savage, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Richd Savage, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Eliz Savage, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • David Savage, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • James Savage, who landed in New England in 1723


Savage Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James R Savage, who landed in America in 1801
  • Patrick D Savage, aged 25, arrived in Maryland in 1812
  • Crosfield Savage, aged 22, landed in New York in 1812
  • Patrick Savage, who arrived in Louisiana in 1824
  • Anthony Savage, who landed in New York in 1827


Savage Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Job Savage, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Matthew Savage, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John Savage with his wife and children settled in Fort Cumberland Nova Scotia in 1774

Savage Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Mary Savage, aged 21, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "William" from Cork
  • George Savage, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast
  • Jeremiah Savage, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Levant Star" from Cork
  • Jane Savage arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1834
  • James Savage a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1834


Savage Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Jonathan Savage, English convict from Cumberland, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • William Savage, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • James Savage, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Henry Savage arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840
  • John Savage arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840


Savage Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Savage, aged 28, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856
  • Julia Savage, aged 26, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856
  • James Savage arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ida Zeigler" in 1863
  • W. D. Savage arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir George Grey" in 1864
  • Charles Savage, aged 27, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874


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  • Claudia Von Savage, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 2004
  • Augustus Alexander "Gus" Savage (1925-2015), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois (1981-1993)
  • Henry Wilson Savage (1859-1927), American theatrical manager
  • John Savage (b. 1949), born John Youngs, an American Genie Award nominated actor, best known for his roles in The Deer Hunter (1978), Hair (1979) and The Godfather: Part III (1990)
  • Arthur William Savage (1857-1938), American businessman, inventor and explorer, founder of Savage Arms in 1894, best known for producing the Savage Model 99
  • Adam Whitney Savage (b. 1967), American two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated industrial design and special effects designer/fabricator
  • Fredrick Aaron "Fred" Savage (b. 1976), American two-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominated, four-time Young Artist Award winning actor, director and producer of television and film, best known for his role as Kevin Arnold in the American television series The Wonder Years
  • James W. Savage, American politician, Member of University of Nebraska Board of Regents, 1873-75
  • Jess W. Savage, American politician, Mayor of Albany, Oregon, 1949
  • Joe Savage, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Kentucky State House of Representatives 78th District, 1975

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  • America's First Family, the Savages of Virginia by August Burgahrd.
  • Savage-Stillman-Rogers-Lindsey-Dever and Related Families with Magna Carta and Royal Lines by Myrtle Savage Rhoades.
  • We Are the Savages: Descendants of Ensign Thomas Savage of Jamestown by Jacob Cochran Savage.
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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.

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  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  4. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  7. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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The Savage Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Savage 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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