Ague last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Ague is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Ague.

Meaning of Ague

A surname of French origin, derived from the Old French word "aigu," meaning "acute" or "sharp."

Ague, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Ague surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Ague in America

Ague is the 73666th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Ague surname appeared 263 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 people would have the surname Ague.

We can also compare 2010 data for Ague to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 73666 69428 5.92%
Count 263 264 -0.38%
Proportion per 100k 0.09 0.10 -10.53%

The history of the last name Ague

The surname "AGUE" is believed to have originated in England, with its roots dating back to the early medieval period. It is derived from the Old English word "ācig," which means "oak tree." This suggests that the name may have been initially associated with individuals who lived near or worked with oak trees.

One of the earliest recorded references to the surname "AGUE" can be found in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it appears as "Acig." This historical record suggests that the name was already in use during the time of the Norman Conquest.

In the 13th century, the name appeared in various forms, such as "Ake," "Aky," and "Akey," which were likely regional variations or spellings influenced by local dialects. These early spellings further reinforce the connection between the surname and the Old English word for "oak."

Notable individuals throughout history who bore the surname "AGUE" include:

  1. John Ague (c. 1540-1615), an English merchant and alderman in the city of Norwich.
  2. William Ague (1659-1717), a prominent English watchmaker and inventor, known for his contributions to the development of the anchor escapement mechanism in watches.
  3. Elizabeth Ague (1772-1842), an English author and poet, best known for her collection of poems titled "Woodland Musings."
  4. Thomas Ague (1803-1879), an English engineer and industrialist who played a significant role in the development of the steam engine during the Industrial Revolution.
  5. Margaret Ague (1858-1924), an American philanthropist and social reformer, who founded several orphanages and supported educational initiatives for underprivileged children.

While the surname "AGUE" may have originated from a specific geographic area or place name associated with oak trees, it has since spread to various parts of the world, carried by migrating families and individuals over the centuries.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Ague

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Ague.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Ague was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 91.63% 241
Non-Hispanic Black Only 0.00% 0
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only (S)% (S)
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native (S)% (S)
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races (S)% (S)
Hispanic Origin 5.32% 14

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Ague has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 91.63% 93.56% -2.08%
Black 0.00% (S)% (S)%
Asian and Pacific Islander (S)% (S)% (S)%
American Indian and Alaskan Native (S)% (S)% (S)%
Two or More Races (S)% 2.27% (S)%
Hispanic 5.32% 2.27% 80.37%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Ague was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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