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Wager Early Origins



The surname Wager 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.

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Wager Spelling Variations


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Wager Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Wager are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Wager include: Wager, Wagar, Wayger, Wage, Waygar, Waiger and others.

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Wager Early History


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Wager Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wager research. Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, and 1709 are included under the topic Early Wager History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wager Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wager Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Wager Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Wager or a variant listed above:

Wager Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Wager, who landed in Virginia in 1696

Wager Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Leonhardt Wager, who landed in New York in 1709-1710
  • Martin Wager, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1770

Wager Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jean Wager, aged 13, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • Eugene Wager, who landed in Arkansas in 1885

Wager Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Allen Wager U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Mr. Everhard Wager U.E., (Ederhardt, Wagar) who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Private. John Everhart Wager U.E., (Johan, Johann, Everhardt, Eberhardt, Ephriam, Wagar) (b. 1732) born in Poppenweiler, Wuerttemberg, Germany from New York, USA who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784 he served in Peter's Corps, Capt. John W Meyers Company with Jessup's Loyal Rangers, married to Magdalena Carver having 7 children, he died in 1796 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Private. Thomas Wager U.E., (Wagar) (b. 1762) born in Ninepartners, Alnany, New York, USA from Livingston Manor, Albany, New York, USA who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784 he enlisted in 1781 serving in the Royal Regiment of New York 2nd Battalion under Capt. William Redford's Company, married twice having 2 children, he died in 1834 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Mr. Thomas & William Wager U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wager (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wager (post 1700)



  • Michael Wager (1925-2011), American film and television actor
  • David Wager (1804-1870), American politician from New York, member of the New York State Assembly in 1833 and 1835
  • Walter Herman Wager (1924-2004), American novelist
  • Gregg Wager (b. 1958), American composer, pianist, and music critic
  • Clinton Belmar Wager (1920-1996), American professional football and basketball player
  • Anthony A. Wager (1932-1990), English child actor, best known for his role as the young "Pip" in Great Expectations (1946)
  • Harold William Taylor Wager FRS (1862-1929), British botanist and mycologist
  • Lawrence Rickard "Bill" Wager (1904-1965), British geologist, explorer and mountaineer
  • Sir Charles Wager (1666-1743), British Admiral and First Lord of the Admiralty between 1733 and 1742

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  1. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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The Wager Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wager 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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