Baggaley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Baggaley has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes 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.
Early Origins of the Baggaley family
The surname Baggaley 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 Baggaley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Baggaley 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 Baggaley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Baggaley Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Baggaley have been found, including Bagley, Baggeley, Baggiley, Baggaley, Bageley, Baggelay, Bagly and many more.
Early Notables of the Baggaley 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 Baggaley family to Ireland
Some of the Baggaley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Baggaley family
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Baggaley, or a variant listed above: 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..
Contemporary Notables of the name Baggaley (post 1700) +
- Commander W. Baggaley, United States commander of the USS Humphreys (DD-236/APD-12), a Clemson-class destroyer during World War II
- Phil Baggaley, English musician, member of the award-winning Christian music duo from Mansfield who recorded and toured throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the duo was awarded the Special International GMA Dove Award in 1990
- Andrew Baggaley (b. 1983), English professional two-time gold, three-time silver medalist table tennis player from Milton Keynes
- Mary Baggaley, Canadian gold medalist swimmer at the 1938 British Empire Games
- Joseph Baggaley (1884-1918), English-born, Canadian trade unionist in Regina, Saskatchewan
- Nathan Baggaley (b. 1975), Australian triple-gold medalist sprint canoer and three-time world champion
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- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ 'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol3/pp265-276 [accessed 21 January 2017].