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Wagge Coat of Arms / Wagge Family Crest

Wagge Coat of Arms / Wagge Family Crest

This surname of WAGGE was a locational name 'the dweller at the wagg' the Roman wall, from residence nearby. The earliest of the name on record appears to be John WAGGE, who was recorded in County Yorkshire in 1273 and Robert Wagg of Lincoln was recorded in the same year. Most of the place-names that yield surnames are usually of small communities, villages, hamlets, some so insignificant that they are now lost to the map. A place-name, it is reasonable to suppose, was a useful surname only when a man moved from his place of origin to elsewhere, and his new neighbours bestowed it, or he himself adopted it. Other records of the name mention Robert atte Wagge, of County Somerset, who was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377) and Henry atte Wagge appears there in 1400. Most of the European surnames were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name. Later instances include Thomasin, daughter of David Wagg, who was buried at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1607, and Mary, daughter of Edward Wagg was baptised at the same church in 1720. It has long been a matter of doubt when the bearing of coats of arms first became hereditary and it was not until the Crusades that Heraldry came into general use. 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. Edward Wagge and Margaret Congrie were married at St. Peter, Cornhill, London in the year 1614. The lion depicted in the crest is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour.

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