This very unusual and interesting name has three separate but related interpretations, deriving from the Old French and Middle English "cage", cage. The first of these means "one who made and/or sold small cages for animals or birds", from the Old French word "Cagier". The second meaning is also occupational, and applies to one who was employed as the "Keeper of the Cage". This was the large public cage where, during the Middle Ages, those guilty of various kinds of petty crime were imprisoned for short periods. The third meaning of the surname is topographical and denoted residence near to such a cage. In the modern idiom, the name can be found as "Caiger", "Gager", "Cage" and "Cadge". The marriage of Anton Cage and Dorothy Rudstone was recorded in London in April 1572. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Cager, which was dated 1319, in the "Essex Subsidy Rolls", during the reign of King Edward 11, known as "Edward of Caernafon", 1307 - 1327. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • cadge — [kædʒ] v [I and T] [Date: 1600 1700; : Scottish English; Origin: cadger carrier, trader (15 19 centuries), from cadge to tie (14 19 centuries)] BrE informal to ask someone you know for something such as food, money, or cigarettes, because you do… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Cadge — Cadge, n. [Cf. 2d {Cadger}.] (Hawking) A circular frame on which cadgers carry hawks for sale. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cadge — to beg (1812), to get by begging (1848), of uncertain origin, perhaps a back formation from cadger itinerant dealer with a pack horse, mid 15c., which is perhaps from early 14c. cadge to fasten, to tie, of unknown origin …   Etymology dictionary

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  • cadge — [ kædʒ ] verb intransitive or transitive BRITISH INFORMAL OLD FASHIONED to MOOCH something from someone …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cadge — ► VERB informal ▪ ask for or obtain (something to which one is not entitled). DERIVATIVES cadger noun. ORIGIN from cadger, a northern English and Scottish word meaning «itinerant dealer» …   English terms dictionary

  • cadge — [kaj] vt., vi. cadged, cadging [< ?] to beg or get by begging; sponge cadger n …   English World dictionary

  • cadge — [c]/kædʒ / (say kaj) verb (cadged, cadging) –verb (t) 1. to obtain by imposing on another s generosity or friendship: *They cadge money from anyone known to have a job –gerald murnane, 1987. 2. to borrow without intent to repay. 3. to beg or… …  

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