Jagger Surname Meaning, History & Origin

Select Jagger Meaning
has West Yorkshire origins.  The name is occupational and means a
pedlar, hawker or carter.  It is derived from jagger, a Yorkshire dialect
formation from the Middle English jag
meaning “pack” or “hound.”  Jager and Yeager, from the German or
Dutch jagen meaning “to
hunt,” have
different origins.

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Jagger Ancestry

All or most present-day Jaggers probably originated from a single
family in the village of Stainland in the west end of Calderdale,
some four
miles south of the town of Halifax.
  The poll tax roll of 1378 showed a John Jagher and his
wife living there.  In
1541, according to taxation records, it would appear that the

Jaggers had achieved some status in the Stainland community. 
Jagger Green is a place in the village today.
The name had also spread
by that time to neighboring villages such as Kirkburton and Shelf.

By the time of the 1881 census, 90 percent of all Jaggers were still
living in Yorkshire.  There were 50 remaining in Stainland and
larger numbers in Shelf and Northowram.
Joseph Jagger was working as an engineer at Bottomley’s mill in Shelf
in 1875 when he journeyed to Monte Carlo and won two million francs on
the roulette tables there.  Jeremiah Jagger was born in Northowram
in 1758 and lived at the Ashtree Farm there.  His son Thomas was a
stone dealer.

One Yorkshire family history begins with the birth of Mary Jagger
probably at Southowram around 1760.  Son John was a weaver in Southowram and grandson James
worked in the West Yorkshire and Durham coal mines.
Fred Jagger migrated with his family to
Canada in 1920.

Mick Jagger has Yorkshire roots.  His great great great
grandfather Thomas Jagger was married in Batley in 1804.  The
family seemed to have split up in the 1850’s after the early death of
their parents and David Jagger, having first found boardings in
Bradford, migrated to Whitehaven in Cumbria.  He married twice
there, but both wives died young.  Son David, Mick’s grandfather,
was a teacher who made the move to Dartford in Kent where Mick was

Jaggers were to be found in London from Tudor times.  Three generations of Jaggers were surgeons,
culminating in Thomas Jagger being appointed surgeon
of the Navy ship Warspite in
1666.  Henry Jagger, born in Marylebone
in 1805, was the first of four generations of master


America.  There were early
Jaggers in America.  Family tradition has
it that two seafaring
brothers arrived in the 1640’s, one settling in Connecticut (Stamford)
and the
other on Long Island (Southampton).  Their
name could also have been Gager and some think they might have been of
Dutch origin.

A number of Jaggers later
settled in Ohio and
Indiana.  Dean Jagger, the versatile
Hollywood actor, was born into a family farm in Columbus Grove, Ohio in

Jagger Names

  • Joseph Jagger has been credited with being “the man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo” because of his winning streak at the roulette
    tables there in 1875.
  • Mike Jagger is the lead singer of the Rolling Stones.

Select Jagger Numbers Today

  • 3,000 in the UK (most numerous
    in Yorkshire)
  • 500 in America (most numerous in California)
  • 500 elsewhere (most numerous in Canada)


Select Jagger and Like Surnames

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