Bagley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Bagley family

The surname Bagley 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. [1]

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. " [2]

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." [2]

Early History of the Bagley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bagley 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 Bagley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bagley Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Bagley 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)]." [3] Humphrey Baggerley ( fl. 1654), was a Royalist...
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Ireland Migration of the Bagley family to Ireland

Some of the Bagley 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.

United States Bagley migration to the United States +

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
  • Philip Bagley, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Judith Bagley, aged 58, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [4]
  • Phillip Bagley, aged 19, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [4]
  • John Bagley, who arrived in Connecticut in 1637 [4]
  • Elizabeth Bagley, who settled in Virginia in 1638
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bagley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Bagley, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1750 and founded one of America's most distinguished families
Bagley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • L Bagley, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]
  • I Bagley, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]

Canada Bagley migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bagley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Bagley, who arrived in Quebec in 1784
Bagley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Harvey Bagley, who landed in Canada in 1836
  • C Bagley, who arrived in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Australia Bagley migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bagley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Bagley, British convict who was convicted in Hereford, Herefordshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Calcutta" in February 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, the settlement was listed as abandoned and most of the convicts transported to Tasmania on the "Queen" in 1804 [5]
  • Mr. William Bagley, English convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Burrell" on 22nd July 1830, arriving in New South Wales [6]
  • Miss Frances Bagley, (b. 1807), aged 24 who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life for coining, transported aboard the "Burrell" on 31st December 1831, arriving in New South Wales [6]
  • Benjamin Bagley, English convict from Oxford, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [7]

New Zealand Bagley migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Bagley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Bagley a cooper, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1873
  • Mr. Patrick Bagley, (b. 1857), aged 20, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "James Nicol Fleming" arriving in Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand on 3rd October 1877, en-route to Invercargill, South Island, New Zealand [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bagley (post 1700) +

  • Elizabeth Frawley Bagley (b. 1952), American Democrat politician, U.S. Ambassador to Portugal, 1994-97; Member, Platform Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2008 [9]
  • Lorri Bagley (b. 1973), American actress and model known for Ice Age (2002), The Stepford Wives (2004) and Tommy Boy (1995)
  • Timothy Hugh "Tim" Bagley, American character actor who has appeared in films and television shows, known for his roles in The Mask (1994), Knocked Up (2007) and The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
  • Ross Elliot Bagley (b. 1988), American two-time Young Actor Award winning child actor, known for her roles in Independence Day (1996), The Little Rascals (1994) and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)
  • Donald Neff "Don" Bagley (1927-2012), American jazz bassist
  • Mark Bagley (b. 1957), American comic book artist for Marvel Comics and DC Comics
  • Chris Bagley (b. 1980), American soccer player
  • Ensign Worth Bagley (1874-1898), United States Navy officer during the Spanish-American War, the only U.S. naval officer killed in action during that war, eponym of the USS Bagley (TB-24); USS Bagley (DD-185); and the USS Bagley (DD-386)
  • David Worth Bagley (1883-1960), American admiral in the United States Navy during World War II, eponym of the USS Bagley (FF-1069)
  • William Chandler Bagley (1874-1946), American educator and editor
  • ... (Another 28 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Edward Ernest Bagley (d. 1912), aged 31, English First Class Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [10]

Suggested Readings for the name Bagley +

  • 1891 "The Ancestry of Marie Loise Harrington and Her Bagley Descendants" by David Harrington Bagley.

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ '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 [accessed 21 January 2017].
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th November 2020). Retrieved from
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th November 2020). Retrieved from
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, November 24) . Retrieved from
  10. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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