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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.

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

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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

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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Bagley Ranking

In the United States, the name Bagley is the 2,153rd most popular surname with an estimated 14,922 people with that name. [4]

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.
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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
  • Phillip Bagley, aged 19, who landed in Virginia in 1635 aboard the ship "Paul" [5]
  • John Bagley, who arrived in Connecticut in 1637 [5]
  • Elizabeth Bagley, who settled in Virginia in 1638
  • James Bagley who settled in Virginia in 1639
  • Phillipp Bagley, who arrived in Maryland in 1649 [5]
  • ... (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 [5]
  • I Bagley, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [5]

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 [6]
  • Mr. William Bagley, (b. 1801), aged 20, English tailor who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 7 years for felony, transported aboard the "Claudine" on 20th May 1821, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • 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 [8]
  • 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 [8]
  • Mr. George Bagley, English convict who was convicted in Staffordshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "David Clarke" on 3rd June 1841, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [9]
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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 [10]

West Indies Bagley migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [11]
Bagley Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mrs. Judith Bagley, (b. 1577), aged 58, British settler travelling aboard the ship "The Dorset" arriving in Barbados in September 1635 [12]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bagley (post 1700) +

  • William Grant Bagley (1950-2021), American historian specializing in the history of the Western United States and the American Old West
  • Elizabeth Frawley Bagley (b. 1952), American Democratic Party politician, U.S. Ambassador to Portugal, 1994-97; Member, Platform Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2008 [13]
  • 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)
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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 [14]

Suggested Readings for the name Bagley +

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

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  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. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. 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)
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  14. Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook