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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • English (West Midlands) : habitational name from a place in Shropshire named Badger, probably from an unattested Old English personal name Bæcg + Old English ofer ‘ridge’.
  • English (West Midlands) : occupational name for a maker of bags (see Bagge 1) or for a peddler who carried his wares about with him in a bag. It is unlikely that the surname has anything to do with the animal (see Brock 2), which was not known by this name until the 16th century.
  • English (West Midlands) : A Giles Badger from England was in Newbury, MA, by about 1635.

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