Baggett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Today's generation of the Baggett family bears a name that was brought to England by the wave of emigration that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from "the Carlovingian Counts of Artois, whose descendants were advocates of Arras, Lords of Bethune, and Castellans of St. Omer, and were amongst the greatest nobles of Flanders." 
Early Origins of the Baggett family
The surname Baggett was first found in Staffordshire and Warwickshire, where early records show Bago, or Bagod de Arras in 1075 witnessing a charter in Flanders and show he came to England shortly after the Conquest. Bago of Bagod d'Artas held Bromley in Staffordshire in 1086. A few years later, Rodbert Bagod witnessed a charter of Geva, founding Canwell Priory c. 1140. "A most ancient family, also coeval with the Conquest, descended from Bagod, who at the time of the compilation of the Domesday Book held Bromley of Robert de Stadford or Stafford." 
Sir William Bagot ( fl. 1397), was minister of Richard II, who appears early in his reign with Sir John Bussy and Sir Thomas Green as a member of his council. 
Blithfield in Staffordshire was an ancient family seat. "The Bagot family, of great eminence and antiquity, possessed this and the adjoining estate of Bagot's-Bromley, at the time of the Domesday Survey. In 1195 Hervey Bagot married the heiress of Baron Stafford; his son assumed the surname and title of Stafford, and became progenitor to the succeeding barons and earls of Stafford, and dukes of Buckingham. Of that branch of the family resident at Blithfield and Bromley, was Sir John Bagot, Knt., ancestor of Hervey Bagot, who was created a Baronet in 1627: William Bagot was made a Baron in 1780.
Blithfield Hall, the family seat, is an ancient mansion with embattled towers and walls; it stands in the vale of the Blithe or Blythe, on a beautiful lawn, and contains a large and valuable collection of paintings, among which are portraits of many distinguished persons." 
Early History of the Baggett family
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Baggett Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Bagot, Bacot, Baggot, Bagott and others.
Early Notables of the Baggett family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Richard Bagot, (c. 1256), Knight of Bagot's Bromley; his son Sir William Bagot (fl. 1276-1290), Knight of Bagot's Bromley; Sir John Bagot, Knight of Blithfield and Littlehay, Staffordshire was Lieutenant of Calais in 1408, later Ambassador to the Duke of Burgundy, and served with King Henry V at Agincourt in 1415; Sir William Bagot (died 1407), politician and administrator under Richard II, began career in politics in Warwickshire under the Earl of Warwick, served both John of Gaunt and his son Henry Bolingbroke, as well as Thomas de Mowbray, 1st Duke of Norfolk, future...
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Migration of the Baggett family to Ireland
Some of the Baggett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Baggett migration to the United States +
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Baggett or a variant listed above:
Baggett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Nicholas Baggett, who landed in Virginia in 1715 
Baggett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- William Baggett, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Canopic" from Liverpool, England 
- James E. Baggett, aged 18, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Noordam" from Rotterdam, Netherlands 
- George E. Baggett, aged 48, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England 
- George H. Baggett, aged 47, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Vasconia" from Newcastle-on-Tyne, England 
Contemporary Notables of the name Baggett (post 1700) +
- William Boyce "Billy" Baggett (1929-2015), American professional NFL football player who played for the Dallas Texans in 1952
- Owen John Baggett (1920-2006), American second lieutenant in the United States Air Force, recipient of the Prisoner of War Medal
- Lee J. Baggett Jr. (1927-1999), American four star admiral in the United States Navy, Commander in Chief Europe in 1985 and Commander in Chief of the U.S. Atlantic Command from 1985–1988
- Alley Baggett (b. 1973), American glamour model
- Samantha Baggett (b. 1976), retired American soccer defender
- Charlie Baggett (b. 1953), American college and NFL football coach
- Alfred Baggett, American college football coach
- Jesse Baggett, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1944
- D. E. Baggett, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1956
- Bryce Baggett, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Governor of Oklahoma, 1970; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Oklahoma 5th District, 1990 ; Candidate in primary for Oklahoma State Treasurer, 1994
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The Baggett 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: Antiquum obtinens
Motto Translation: Possessing our ancient honour.
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- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QV-943 : 6 December 2014), William Baggett, 19 Feb 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Canopic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6W3-9ZK : 6 December 2014), James E. Baggett, 06 Jul 1919; citing departure port Rotterdam, arrival port New York, ship name Noordam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6W3-73V : 6 December 2014), George E. Baggett, 06 Jul 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6ZW-NPP : 6 December 2014), George H. Baggett, 26 Sep 1920; citing departure port Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, arrival port New York, ship name Vasconia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).