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Where did the English Edgar family come from? What is the English Edgar family crest and coat of arms? When did the Edgar family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Edgar family history?

The rich and ancient history of the Edgar family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from the baptismal name for the son of Edgar. Baptismal names are a form of patronymic surnames, which come from the vernacular and religious naming traditions. In this case, the bearer of the surname Edgar took his name from his father's given name, Edgar.


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Edgar have been found, including Edgar, Edgair, Eger, Eager, Edzer and others.

First found in Berwickshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Edgar research. Another 336 words(24 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Edgar History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Edgar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Edgar family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 170 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Edgar, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Edgar Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Charles Edgar settled in Virginia in 1642
  • Charles Edgar, who landed in Virginia in 1642
  • Mary Edgar settled in Virginia in 1652
  • Mary Edgar, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • John Edgar, who arrived in Maryland in 1666-1750

Edgar Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • William Edgar, who landed in New York in 1784

Edgar Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Day Edgar, who arrived in America in 1805
  • David Edgar, who landed in Maryland in 1809
  • Patrick N Edgar, aged 34, arrived in North Carolina in 1812
  • Samuel Edgar, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1815
  • James Edgar, who landed in New York in 1820

Edgar Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Harry Edgar, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1903


  • Gilbert Edgar, Chairman of the Samuel Group
  • James Edgar (b. 1946), American politician who was the Governor of Illinois from 1991 to 1999
  • Robert William "Bob" Edgar (1943-2013), American politician and administrator Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 7th district (1975-1987)
  • David Edgar (b. 1948), English dramatist
  • General Hector Edgar, Australian Army
  • Brigadier Cedric Rupert Vaughan Edgar (1901-1967), Commanding Officer 4th Australian Infantry Brigade, New Britain from 1943 to 1945


  • The Baker Family and the Edgar Family of Ralway, N.J. and New York City by John Milnes Baker.

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The Edgar Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Edgar Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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