Baggot History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Baggot is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. Baggot 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 Baggot family
The surname Baggot 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 Baggot family
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Baggot Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Baggot were recorded, including Bagot, Bacot, Baggot, Bagott and others.
Early Notables of the Baggot 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 Baggot family to Ireland
Some of the Baggot family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Baggot migration to the United States +
The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Baggot arrived in North America very early:
Baggot Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Baggot, who settled in Philadelphia in 1855
- Maurice Baggot, aged 24, who arrived in America from Londonderry, Ireland, in 1892
- Bridget Baggot, aged 7, who arrived in America from Ballinlough, Ireland, in 1899
- William Baggot, aged 24, who arrived in America from Rutagh, Ireland, in 1899
Baggot Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Bridget Baggot, aged 20, who arrived in America from Ballingarry, Ireland, in 1903
- Edward Baggot, aged 45, who arrived in America, in 1907
- Mrs. Edward Baggot, aged 42, who arrived in America, in 1907
- Mary Baggot, aged 20, who arrived in America from Ballinlough, Ireland, in 1908
- James F. Baggot, aged 21, who arrived in America from Barrow, England, in 1908
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Contemporary Notables of the name Baggot (post 1700) +
- Stephen King Baggot A.S.C. (b. 1943), American cinematographer, grandson of King Baggot
- William King Baggot (1879-1948), American silent film actor who appeared in over 269 movies, director and screenwriter referred to as "King of the Movies" and "The Most Photographed Man in the World"
- Leo J. Baggot, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Wisconsin Democratic State Central Committee, 1944
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The Baggot 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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- ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.