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Where did the English Bagley family come from? What is the English Bagley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bagley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bagley family history?

The name Bagley is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in Cheshire, where they were held estates at Baggiley. The family name was originally derived from the name of this manorial seat. The word baggiley in ancient Saxon means high ground. These place names are generally thought to derive from an Old English personal name Bacga and the Old English word leah, meaning a clearing in the woods.


Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bagley family name include Bagley, Baggeley, Baggiley, Baggaley, Bageley, Baggelay, Bagly and many more.

First found in Shropshire at Bagley, a small rural village in the parish of Hordley. The earliest record of the place name was found in c.1090 when it was listed as Bageleia. [1] Bagley-Wood is a hamlet in the hundred of Hormer, in Berkshire. "A monastery was founded here by Cissa, viceroy of Centwine, ninth king of Wessex; which was removed to Abingdon in 680, that town and its appendages having been assigned to it by Ceadwalla. " [2] While the surname probably originated in Shropshire, we must look to Cheshire to find the earliest records. The family was Lords of the Manor of Baggiley and held a family seat there from ancient times. Baguley Hall near Manchester was built in the 14th century by Sir William de Baguley, or possibly by one of his sons. It may have replaced an 11th or 12th century structure.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bagley research. Another 327 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1260, 1327, 1382, 1379 and 1220 are included under the topic Early Bagley History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Bagley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Bagley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 65 words(5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Bagley surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Bagley Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Philip Bagley settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Judith Bagley, aged 58, landed in Barbados in 1635
  • Phillip Bagley, aged 19, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • John Bagley, who arrived in Connecticut in 1637
  • Elizabeth Bagley settled in Virginia in 1638

Bagley Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • John Bagley settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1750 and founded one of America's most distinguished families

Bagley Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • L Bagley, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • I Bagley, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851


  • William Chandler Bagley (1874-1946), American educator and editor
  • David Worth Bagley (1883-1960), American admiral in the United States Navy during World War II, eponym of the USS Bagley (FF-1069)
  • John Edward "Bags" Bagley (b. 1960), former American basketball player in the National Basketball Association
  • Ensign Worth Bagley (1874-1898), United States Navy officer during the Spanish-American War, the only U.S. naval officer killed in action during that war, eponym of the USS Bagley (TB-24); USS Bagley (DD-185); and the USS Bagley (DD-386)
  • Chris Bagley (b. 1980), American soccer player
  • Mark Bagley (b. 1957), American comic book artist for Marvel Comics and DC Comics
  • Timothy Hugh "Tim" Bagley, American character actor who has appeared in films and television shows
  • Ross Elliot Bagley (b. 1988), American actor
  • Lorri Bagley (b. 1973), American actress and model
  • Donald Neff "Don" Bagley (1927-2012), American jazz bassist



  • The Ancestry of Marie Loise Harrington and Her Bagley Descendants by David Harrington Bagley.

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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
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The Bagley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bagley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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