Bagelay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Bagelay is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the 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.
Early Origins of the Bagelay family
The surname Bagelay was 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. 
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. " 
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. "[Baguley in Cheshire] was at an early period the property of the Baguleys, whose heiress brought it to the Leghs; the latter sold it." 
Early History of the Bagelay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bagelay research. Another 164 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1260, 1327, 1382, 1379, 1220, 1674, 1654 and 1654 are included under the topic Early Bagelay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bagelay Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Bagelay has been spelled many different ways, including Bagley, Baggeley, Baggiley, Baggaley, Bageley, Baggelay, Bagly and many more.
Early Notables of the Bagelay family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Alexander Baguley, B.A., rector of the church of St. Michael, Aughton, Lancashire in 1674, but was "very soon deprived for simony [(buying or selling of something spiritual)]." 
Humphrey Baggerley (fl. 1654), was a Royalist...
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Migration of the Bagelay family to Ireland
Some of the Bagelay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 38 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bagelay family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Bagelays to arrive in North America: James Bagley who settled in Virginia in 1639; Thomas Bagly settled in Virginia in 1641; Elizabeth Bagley settled in Virginia in 1638; and Philip Bagley settled in Virginia in 1635. John Bagley settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1750 and founded one of America's most distinguished families..
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