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Gedge Coat of Arms / Gedge Family Crest

Gedge Coat of Arms / Gedge Family Crest

This surname of GEDGE was a locational name 'of Gegges' a spot in the parish of Filby, County Norfolk. The name was originally Eegges and became Gedge between 1450 and 1600. Habitation names, which are by far the largest group, usually denoted where the original bearer of the name held his land, and where he actually lived. These local surnames derive (with a few occasional exceptions) from English, Scottish or French places, and were originally preceded by a preposition such as 'atte' or 'bye'. The earliest local surnames of French origin are chiefly from Normandy, particularly from the departments of Calvados, Eure, Seine-Inferieure and La Manche, although some Frenchmen, arriving in England early acquired surnames from English places. Local names may derive from the manor held, the place of residence, and occasionally from a sign like an Inn or Tavern, or a particularly unusual shape of rock, hill, tree, stream or river. The name was recorded in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379 as Eegge (Willelmus).

Other early records of the name mention Isabel Gegges (without surname) was recorded in the year 1402 in County Norfolk and Richard Eeggh appears in the year 1448 in County Norfolk. John Gedge was documented in the year 1568 in County Suffolk. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.

The bulk of European surnames in countries such as England and France were formed in the 13th and 14th centuries. The process started earlier and continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the 11th century people did not have surnames, whereas by the 15th century they did.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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