Vagg History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Vagg surname is thought to come from Middle English word "fagge," in turn from the Old English "facg," which referred to a type of flat fish, and perhaps also a flat loaf; thus it has been suggested that the name may have been occupational name for a fish seller or a baker. [1]

Early Origins of the Vagg family

The surname Vagg was first found in Kent where "this Kentish family were long connected with the parish of Rye, co. Sussex, and perhaps derived their name from lands there, still called Fagg farm. Feg occurs in Domesday [Book]." [2]

The Feet of Fines for Kent listed Daniel and William Fagg as holding estates there in 1202. [1] The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Jananna Fag, Somerset and Peter Fag, Oxfordshire. [3]

Early History of the Vagg family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vagg research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1286, 1627, 1701, 1645, 1653, 1649, 1649, 1715, 1679, 1681, 1690, 1695, 1701, 1702, 1673, 1736, 1708 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Vagg History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Vagg Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Vagg have been found, including Fagg, Fag, Fagge, Vagg, Vag, Vagge and others.

Early Notables of the Vagg family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir John Fagg, 1st Baronet (1627-1701), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Rye (1645 to 1653), he purchased the manor of Wiston, West Sussex in 1649. He was the son of John Fagg of Rye, Sussex (son of John Fagg of Brenzett, Kent)...
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vagg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Vagg family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Vagg, or a variant listed above: Mary Fagg, who came to Barbados or Jamaica in 1697; Michael Fagg and Kenedy Fagg, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750; and Francis Fagg, who settled in Philadelphia in 1816..



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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