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Sage Coat of Arms / Sage Family Crest

Sage Coat of Arms / Sage Family Crest

The surname of SAGE was originally derived from the Old French SAGE a name meaning 'the wise one' one who was learned and sensible. The name was recorded in early documents in the Latin 'sapius' which means to taste, discern and discriminate. The name was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion. The names introduced into Britain by the Normans during and in the wake of the Invasion of 1066, are nearly all territorial in origin. The followers of William the Conqueror were a pretty mixed lot, and while some of them brought the names of their castles and villages in Normandy with them, many were adventurers of different nationalities attached to William's standard by the hope of plunder, and possessing no family or territorial names of their own. Those of them who acquired lands in England were called by their manors, while others took the name of the offices they held or the military titles given to them, and sometimes, a younger son of a Norman landowner, on receiving a grant of land in his new home dropped his paternal name and adopted that of his newly acquired property. Early records of the name mention Robert le Sage of the County of Shropshire in 1185. William le Sage, during the reign of Edward I (1272-1307). Thomas Sage of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. James Sage and Isabella Walker were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1803. In the Middle Ages the name was a title given of office for the city councillors. During the Middle Ages, when people were unable to read or write, signs were needed for all visual identification. For several centuries city streets in Britain were filled with signs of all kinds, public houses, tradesmen and even private householders found them necessary. This was an age when there were no numbered houses, and an address was a descriptive phrase that made use of a convenient landmark. At this time, coats of arms came into being, for the practical reason that men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way.


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