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Meaning and Origin of: Cage

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First name origins & meanings:

  • English : Enclosed space

Last name origin & meaning:

  • Reduced form of Irish McCage, a variant of McCaig.
  • English (East Anglia) : from Middle English, Old French cage ‘cage’, ‘enclosure’ (Latin cavea ‘container’, ‘cave’), hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker and seller of small cages for animals or birds, or a keeper of the large public cage in which petty criminals were confined for short periods of imprisonment.

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