Bag History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The earliest origins of the family name Bag date back to the Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name given to a person who was a peddler, or great traveler. It denotes one who on his travels carried a bag, a pack or a bundle.

Early Origins of the Bag family

The surname Bag was first found in Norfolk, at Gaywood, a parish, in the union and hundred of Freebridge-Lynn. "Gaywood Hall, the seat of Richard Bagge, Esq., occupies the site of a palace erected by John Grey, Bishop of Norwich; and part of the moat by which the old building was surrounded is still remaining." [1]

Early History of the Bag family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bag research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1560, 1625, 1800, 1600 and 1860 are included under the topic Early Bag History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bag Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Bag include Bagg, Bag, Bagge, Beag, Baigg, Baggey, Baggy and many more.

Early Notables of the Bag family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Bag family to Ireland

Some of the Bag family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 40 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Bag migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Bag Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jo Bag, aged 16, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [2]
Bag Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joh Michael Bag, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1767 [2]


The Bag Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Spes est in Deo
Motto Translation: My hope is in God.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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