The English surname Major is of patronymic origin, being derived from the Norman personal name Malg(i)er, Maug(i)er, composed of the Germanic elements madal ‘council’ + gar, geer ‘spear’. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John Mauger. This was dated 1250, in the tax rolls known as the "Feet of Fines of Somerset." Thomas Mauger is noted in the cartulary of Oseney Abbey, in Oxfordshire in the year 1260, whilst John Malger was witness in the Assize Court of Somerset in 1272. Recordings of the surname from London church registers include: the marriage of John Major and Agnes Hunt on January 29th 1567; and the christening of Alexander Majer, on June 5th 1629 at St. Botolph, Aldgate.
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