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Horger Coat of Arms / Horger Family Crest

Horger Coat of Arms / Horger Family Crest

The surname of HORGER was an occupational name 'the keeper of the deer and cattle'. The small villages of Europe, or royal and noble households, even large religious dwellings and monasteries gave rise to many family names, which reflected the occupation or profession of the original bearer of the name. The name is also spelt HOGGE, HOGGER and HOGGAR. Early records of the name mention Alice le Hog, 1273 County Oxford. The surname was in Scotland during the 11th century taken by settlers from England. Ailmer Hogg appears in a charter in 1043. Salomon del Hoga made a grant of her lands in Berwick to the monks of Kelso in 1270. There appears to have been a family of great prominence in Edinburgh in the 14th century. Roger Hog was one of the most influential burgesses of the city between 1358 and 1363. In 1543, the first cannon of cast iron that ever was made in England was cast at Buckstead in Sussex by Ralf Hogg and Peter Bawd. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour. Since the dawn of civilisation the need to communicate has been a prime drive of all higher mankind. The more organised the social structure became, the more urgent the need to name places, objects and situations essential to the survival and existence of the social unit. From this common stem arose the requirements to identify families, tribes and individual members evolving into a pattern in evidence today. In the formation of this history, common usage of customs, trades, locations, patronymic and generic terms were often adopted as surnames. The demands of bureaucracy formally introduced by feudal lords in the 11th century, to define the boundaries and families within their fiefdoms, crystallized the need for personal identification and accountability, and surnames became in general use from this time onwards.

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