Wagg History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Wagg family

The surname Wagg was first found in Somerset 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 1327 when William and John Wegg held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Wagg family

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Wagg Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wegg, Wege, Wedge, Wegge, Wagg, Wagge and others.

Early Notables of the Wagg family (pre 1700)

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United States Wagg migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wagg Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Wagg, who arrived in Virginia in 1665 [1]
Wagg Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Wagg, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [1]

Australia Wagg migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Wagg Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Wagg, a blacksmith, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mr. John Wagg, English convict who was convicted in Norfolk, Norfolkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 27 September 1834, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]

New Zealand Wagg migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Wagg Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Wagg, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Phoebe Wagg, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Martha Wagg, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Sarah Wagg, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857

Contemporary Notables of the name Wagg (post 1700) +

  • Maurice Wagg (1840-1926), English-born, American Civil War Navy-man who helped survivors from the USS Monitor for which he received the Medal of Honor
  • Graham Grant Wagg (b. 1983), English cricketer
  • Jimmy Wagg, British BBC radio Saturday presenter for Manchester Sports
  • Lynette Wagg (b. 1939), Australian sprint canoer at the 1964 Summer Olympics


The Wagg Motto +

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: Nil conscire sibi
Motto Translation: Conscious of No Wrong.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/augusta-jessie


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