Savage, Mac an t-Sábhaisigh, ó Sabháin A surname of Norman origin from the Old French sauvage meaning ‘wild’. In 1177 William le Savage was granted territory in the Upper Ards in Down. The family became hibernicized from the fifteenth century onwards, and the surname was Gaelicised as Mac an t-Sábhaisigh. The Gaelic ó Sabháin sept of Munster has also being anglicised as Savage. In 1890 Savage was principally found in Antrim, Down, Dublin and Cork, and the estimated number of bearers was 2,730. In the United States it is the 582nd most numerous surname with an estimated 55,000 bearers. In England and Wales in 1996 it was the 344th most numerous surname.