Wagar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Wagar family

The surname Wagar was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1379 when Wilhelmus and Cecelia held the estates.

Early History of the Wagar family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wagar research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1709, 1566, 1566, 1560, 1666, 1743, 1656, 1630, 1666, 1664 and 1665 are included under the topic Early Wagar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wagar Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Wagar include Wager, Wagar, Wayger, Wage, Waygar, Waiger and others.

Early Notables of the Wagar family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include William Wager (fl. 1566), English writer of interludes, known only by his works. His son Lewis Wager (fl. 1566), became rector of St. James's, Garlickhithe, on 28 March 1560. Sir Charles Wager (1666-1743), was a British admiral, grandson of John Wager (d. 1656) of...
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Wagar Ranking

In the United States, the name Wagar is the 18,394th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

Canada Wagar migration to Canada +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Wagar or a variant listed above:

Wagar Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. William Wagar U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. William Everhart Wagar U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]

  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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