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Re: Origin of Kagy Name
Posted by: Michael Kagay (ID *****1960) Date: February 22, 2007 at 06:52:32
In Reply to: Origin of Kagy Name by William Buchanan of 95

Another possible origin for the name is advanced in Patrick Hanks, "Dictionary of American Family Names" (Oxford, 2003). He says Kagi, Kaegi, Kagy, Kagey, and Kage are variations on a South German and Swiss word "Gehage" or "Gehagi" in Middle High German, a topological term meaning "hedge" or "fence," denoting an enclosed settlement in otherwise wild territory.

Alternatively, it could come from a dialect word, "Kage," meaning "cabbage stalk," an occupational term for a cabbage grower.

But neither of these is as interesting as your story about the bitter divorce which is contained in "History of the Kagy Relationship in America, 1715-1900" (1899) which is available in a reprinted edition from Higginson Books of Salem, Mass. See their web site for details. Higginson does a good job.


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