Vaggers

Vaggers - what does Vaggers surname mean?

This is a variant spelling probably of the Spanish - Portugese `vargas` a locational name meaning `a water logged pasture` or the Olde English `facg` also found as `vag` meaning a medieval baker. The interchange of `V` and `F` is quite common in England as in, for instance, Fenn and Venn, both of whom mean `a marsh`. It is also possible that the name may derive from the Huguenot `Wager`, an official name for a person reponsible for weights and measures (Flemish - German). The name development may include Sarah Wagger (1728, London) or Mary Wager (1749, London) however all variant spellings retain a measure of unproven origin. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Charles Vagers, which was dated 1775, married Mary Tindall, at the Church of St. Clement Danes, London, during the reign of King George 111, known as `Farmer George`, 1760 - 1820. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to `develop` often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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