Bagshaw History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Bagshaw first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in Derbyshire, where they were found since the early Middle Ages before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

We should take a moment to explore one source's claim that the name came from "Bagshot; a location name in Surrey, Wiltshire. " [1]

As far as the chapelry of Bagshot in Surrey is concerned, "this place, [was] formerly called Holy Hall. It was once a residence of the kings of England, who had a mansion here, and a park, which was laid open after the civil war in the reign of Charles I.: the house was occupied by the late Duke of Gloucester. On the borders of Bagshot Heath are some handsome villas. " [2] So one cannot deny that this would an agreeable and noble place to claim descent, the fact that "Holy Hall" was the original name of the chapelry seems to negate the possibility. That leaves the hamlet of Bagshot in Wiltshire as a possibility. We doubt this possibility too, as by the late 1800s, the hamlet's population was only 194. [2] Accordingly, we must defer to the aforementioned Derbyshire as the most likely place of origin.

Early Origins of the Bagshaw family

The surname Bagshaw was first found in Derbyshire. The first record was of Nicholas Bagshawe who married Alice of the Hall. He was forester to the King. He acquired the lands of Wormhill, and later built Wormhill Hall. " Derbyshire is the great home of the Bagshaws, who have preserved a distinguished name since the 15th century, when they resided at Abney and Wormhill." [3]

Kirby's Quest notes some very early spellings in early rolls: Oliver de Bogeschaghe, Somerset and Richard de Boggeschaghe, Somerset 1 Edward III (during the first year of Edward III's reign) [4]

Nicholas Bagshawe and Humphry Bagshawe were both listed in the Calendar of Proceedings in Chancery, temp. Elizabeth I. [5] In the 13th century the name of De Baggesoure occurred in Shropshire. [3]

Early History of the Bagshaw family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bagshaw research. Another 154 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1696, 1721, 1563, 1604, 1886, 1589, 1662, 1640, 1644, 1625, 1593, 1629, 1671, 1628, 1702, 1657, 1629 and 1634 are included under the topic Early Bagshaw History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bagshaw Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Bagshaw has appeared include Bagshaw, Bagshawe, Bagshott, Bagshot, Bagshote and others.

Early Notables of the Bagshaw family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Richard Bagshaw, Sheriff of Derby and Nottingham; Edward Bagshaw (or Bagshawe) the elder (ca. 1589-1662), an English author and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1640 to 1644, supporter of the Royalist cause in the English Civil War. Christopher Bagshaw (d. 1625?), was an English priest who came of a Derbyshire family. "Before going to Oxford he appears to have studied for a short time at Cambridge. "In 1593 he was confined with other priests and gentlemen in Wisbeach Castle. His fellow prisoners held him at first in great...
Another 98 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bagshaw Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Bagshaw family to Ireland

Some of the Bagshaw family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 53 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Bagshaw migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Bagshaw arrived in North America very early:

Bagshaw Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Peter Bagshaw, who arrived in Virginia in 1664 [6]
  • Ben Bagshaw, who settled in Maryland in 1699
Bagshaw Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Bagshaw who settled in New England in 1751
Bagshaw Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Bagshaw who settled in Pennsylvania in 1867

Australia Bagshaw migration to Australia +

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

Bagshaw Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Bagshaw, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • John Stokes Bagshaw, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838 [8]
  • Jane Bagshaw, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838 [8]
  • John Augustus Bagshaw, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838 [8]
  • Henry Thomas Bagshaw, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Competitor" in 1848 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Bagshaw (post 1700) +

  • Margarete Bagshaw (1964-2015), American painter and potter
  • T. Frederick Bagshaw, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1948
  • James T. Bagshaw, American Republican politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives Eleventh Bristol District, 1917-18
  • Harold J. Bagshaw, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, 1957-72 (acting, 1957-58)
  • William Bagshaw Stevens (1756-1800), English poet, son of William Stevens, apothecary and surgeon, of Abingdon, Berkshire

The Bagshaw Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Forma floss
Motto Translation: Beauty is a flower.

  1. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EDEN 1838. Retrieved from
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) COMPETITOR 1848. Retrieved from on Facebook
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