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The name Bagley is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came 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.
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bagley family name include Bagley, Baggeley, Baggiley, Baggaley, Bageley, Baggelay, Bagly and many more.
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." 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bagley research. Another 327 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1260, 1327, 1382, 1379 and 1220 are included under the topic Early Bagley History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Bagley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Bagley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 65 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Bagley surname or a spelling variation of the name include :
Bagley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Bagley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Bagley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Bagley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Bagley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Bagley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Bagley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Bagley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bagley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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