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The 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 family.

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 Irish".


Savage - Armstrong, Major R., Pedigree Notes on the Savages of Ardkeen and Glastry, Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.