When Sylvester Sage was born about 1809, in Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States, his father, James Sage, was 37 and his mother, Anna Ackley, was 26. He registered for military service in 1835.
French and English (of Norman origin): nickname for a wise, learned man, from the Old French and Middle English adjective sage ‘wise, learned, sensible’, from Latin sagus ‘prophetic’, akin to sagax ‘sharp, perceptive’. Compare Desage and Lesage .
Irish (Meath): in some cases, a variant of Savage , via the Gaelicized form Sabhaois.
German: habitational name from a place near Oldenburg, so named from an old word, sege ‘sedge, reed’.
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