Scotland, Ireland, and America
he name is originally French; Sauvage.
In Ireland, the name was given a Gaelic spin and became Mac an
tSabhaisigh which, believe it or not is pronounced very much like
Savage. In this 1890 map of County Down, can be seen the "Ards", the
large arm like peninsula. This was the domain of the Savage
Raymond Savage, a follower of
John de Courcy, in the conquest of Ulster, 1196, erected the castle of
Ardkeen, in the Baroney of the Ards, which became the seat of the family
until 1823, when his descendant Francis Savage died without issue.
Although originally Norman French, the family became completetly
"hibernicized". It was said these families were "more Irish than the
Savage - Armstrong, Major R., Pedigree Notes
on the Savages of Ardkeen and Glastry, Public Record Office,