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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.


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]

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.


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.


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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

  • Philip Bagley settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Judith Bagley, aged 58, landed in Barbados in 1635
  • Phillip Bagley, aged 19, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • John Bagley, who arrived in Connecticut in 1637
  • Elizabeth Bagley settled in Virginia in 1638

Bagley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Bagley 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
  • I Bagley, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

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

Bagley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • 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

Bagley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Bagley a cooper, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1873


  • 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
  • John Edward "Bags" Bagley (b. 1960), former American basketball player in the National Basketball Association



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

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  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.

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  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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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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