Blazons & Genealogy Notes
1) (co. Bedford). Or, a chev. vert.
2) (Thorpe Constantine, co. Stafford; descended from Richard Inge, Esq., co. Leicester, by Jane, his wife, dau. and co-heiress of Alderman William Ives, co. Leicester, who purchased Thorpe in 1631). Or, on a chev. vert three leopards’ faces ar. (another, or). Crest—Two battle axes in saltire ppr. enfiled with a ducal coronet or.
3) Or, on a chev. vert three leopards’ faces of the field. Crest—A hand holding a glove ppr.
Origin, Meaning, Family History and Inge Coat of Arms and Family Crest
Origins of Inge:
This uncommon surname is an old English name, with Norse-Viking pre 7th-century sources. It has two possible origins. The first is the particular name Ing or Inga, itself often a component in both compound names like Ingall, Ingle, Ingold and the place names of Ingleby, Ingoldsby, and over fifty others. Ing was frequently the name of a Norse god related to productivity, though the word is considered to be Germanic, and to have the specific meaning of “swelling.” It was perhaps brought into the British Islands in the 7th century although the first known recording in England is in the famous Domesday Book for the district of Essex in 1066 – 1086. The second possible origin according to the popular Victorian etymologist Canon Chrales Bardsley was a residentiary from living by an “ing.” According to him, this was a pasture which grows in winter, which seems an unreal place to live, so we have some doubts. Previous documentations contain Roger Inge of Northumberland in 1308, and Robert Ing or Inge who was the minister of Salthouse in Norfolk in the year 1327. The modern spelling of the surnames contains as Ing, Inge, Ings and Indge.
More common variations are: Ainge, Ingey, Inage, Iange, Yinge, Inige, Ingei, Einge, Ingea, Ingie.
The origins of the surname Inge appeared in Leicestershire where people held a family seat from old times. Someone say better before the invasion of Normans and the entrance of Duke William at Hastings 1066 A.D.
The very first recorded spelling of the family was shown to be that of John Inge, dated about 1273, in the “Hundred Rolls of Oxfordshire.” It was during the time of King Edward I, who was known to be the “The Hammer of the Scots,” dated 1272-1307. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England.
Many of the people with surname Inge had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.
United States of America:
Individuals with the surname Inge landed in the United States in three different centuries respectively in the 17th, 18th, and 20th. Some of the people with the name Inge who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included Richard Inge settled in Nevis in the year 1654. Jane Inge, who landed in Maryland in the year 1665. Richard Inge settled in Jamaica in 1690.
People with the surname Inge who landed in the United States in the 18th century included Vincing Inge, who arrived in Virginia in 1701.
The following century saw more Inge surnames arrive. Some of the people with the name Inge who arrived in the United States in the 20th century included M. P. Inge, who settled in America, in 1903. Ceila Inge at the age of 47, who landed in America from Halling, England, in 1907. George Inge at the age of 43, who shifted to the United States from Taversham, England, in 1907. Harry Inge at the age of 47, who landed in America from Halling, England, in 1907. Karl Inge at the age of 21, who landed in America, in 1924.
People with the surname Inge who settled in Canada in the 20th century include Alice Inge at the age of 43, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in the year 1916.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Inge: United States 2,686; Germany 1,311; India 442; England 350; Netherlands 332; Belgium 260; Norway 249; France 196; Mexico 183; Sweden 145.
Field Marshal Peter Anthony Inge (born 1935), was a British fighter. Baron Inge, KG, GCB, PC, DL, and was an old Chief of the UK Defense Staff.
Brandon Inge (born 1977), is an American baseball player and Detroit Tigers third baseman.
M. Thomas Inge (born 20th century), is an American writer.
Samuel Williams Inge (1817-1868), was an American political leader.
Inge Coat of Arms Meaning
The four main devices (symbols) in the Inge blazon are the chevron, leopard’s face, glove and axe. The three main tinctures (colors) are or, vert and argent .
The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa . The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo..
The deep green colour that is so often observed in heraldry is more properly known as vert. According to Wade, the use of this colour signifies “Hope and Joy”, but may also represent, rather delightfully, “Loyalty in Love” . It has other names also, the French call it sinople, perhaps after a town in Asia Minor from where the best green die materials could be found . More fanciful heralds liked to associate it with the planet venus and the precious stone emerald . More strangely, there is some evidence that the term prasin was anciently used, being the Greek for the vegetable we call the Leek!
Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) . In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper .
The chevron is one the major shapes used upon a shield, known as ordinaries. The inverted ‘V’ of the chevron is perhaps thought to have originated to represent a military scarf folded on the shield , or additional cross-pieces used to strengthen the shield and painted a different colour.. It has also acquired the meaning of “Protection… granted… to one who has achieved some notable enterprise” , possibly becuase of its resemblance to the roof truss of a house.
The leopard’s face (sometimes, incorrectly referred to as a leopard’s head occurs very frequently in heraldry . Early heraldic artists tended to treat lions and leopards as the same animal, but during the development of British Heraldry the heads of the two creatures have adopted separate, and more realistic forms. Wade would have us associate leopards with warriors, especially those who overcome ”hazardous things by force and courage”
The gauntlet is an armoured glove, part of a knights attire and when used as a device on the shield it should be stated which hand it is for. They are quite a complex device visually, with distinct panels and rivets visible. Wade tells us, probably with good reason that it represents “a man armed for performance of a martial enterprise”.