Bagnall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Bagnall dates back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their residence in or around the region of Bagnall, which was in the parish of Stoke-upon-Trent in the county of Staffordshire. [1] [2] "The Bagnalls, at present best represented in the district of Stoke - on - Trent, were an ancient family of Newcastle - under - Lyme, members of which filled at various times the office of mayor; the family came into possession of the manor of Hanley 150 years ago. Bagnall is the name of a Staffordshire village." [3]

Early Origins of the Bagnall family

The surname Bagnall was first found in Staffordshire, at Bagnall, a township, in the parish of Bucknall, union of Stoke-upon-Trent, N. division of the hundred of Pirehill. [4]

Early History of the Bagnall family

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Bagnall Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Bagnall include Bagnall, Bagnal, Bagnold, Bagenald, Bagnald, Bagenal, Bagnell and many more.

Early Notables of the Bagnall family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Bagnall family to Ireland

Some of the Bagnall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Bagnall migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Bagnall Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Walter Bagnall, who settled in Massachusetts in 1620
  • Walter Bagnall who settled in Maine in 1626
  • Walter Bagnall, who landed in Maine in 1628 [5]
  • Roger Bagnall, who landed in Virginia in 1637 [5]
  • Thomas Bagnall, who settled in New England in 1654
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bagnall Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Bagnall, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1723 [5]
  • Benjamin Bagnall, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1724 [5]
  • James Bagnall, who arrived in America in 1760 [5]

Australia Bagnall migration to Australia +

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

Bagnall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Bagnall, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Thomas Bagnall, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan" [7]

New Zealand Bagnall 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:

Bagnall Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Bagnall, aged 35, a carpenter, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842
  • Lydia Bagnall, aged 34, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842
  • Mary Bagnall, aged 11, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842
  • Ann Bagnall, aged 9, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842
  • Mr. Henry Bagnall, (b. 1855), aged 19, English carpenter and wheelwright from Essex travelling from London aboard the ship "Tweed" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bagnall (post 1700) +

  • Brian Bagnall (b. 1981), American author, speaker, and coach on the art of being Happy
  • Bill Bagnall (1926-2006), American publisher of Motorcyclist magazine, American Motorcyclist Association president, inducted to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame
  • Henry W. Bagnall, American Democrat politician, Member of Arizona State House of Representatives, 1955-58
  • Frank K. Bagnall, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Schenectady County 1st District, 1922
  • Gibbons Bagnall (1719-1800), English poetical writer, son of Gibbons Bagnall of Windsor, admitted to Balliol College, Oxford, 12 July 1735 [9]
  • Richard Siddoway Bagnall (1889-1962), English entomologist who specialized in Thysanoptera
  • Joshua L Bagnall, English composer of the early and mid-19th century from Tyneside
  • James Eustace Bagnall ALS (1830-1918), English naturalist
  • Hamer Bagnall (1904-1974), English cricketer who played for Northamptonshire from 1921 to 1929
  • Sir Nigel Bagnall (1927-2002), English Army Field Marshal, Chief of the General Staff (1985-1989)
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Dorsetshire
  • Joshua Bagnall (d. 1945), British Marine aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [10]


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  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)
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  7. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 25th October 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lord Raglan 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/lordraglan1854.shtml
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 6 June 2019
  10. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html


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