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Where did the English Bagwell family come from? What is the English Bagwell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bagwell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bagwell family history?

Bagwell is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Bagwell family lived in Derbyshire, in the town of Bakewell.


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Bagwell has been recorded under many different variations, including Bakewell, Backwell, Bakwell, Balkwell, Balkwill, Backwall, Bakewill, Bagwell and many more.

First found in Derbyshire, at Bakewell, today a small market town in the Peak District. The town dates back to at least Anglo Saxon times when it was listed as Balecanwell in 949. By the time of the Domesday Book, the place was listed as Badequella and was derived from an Old English personal name + wella meaning "spring or stream of a man called Badeca." [1] At that time, King Edward had 18 carucates of land to the geld and the land was large enough to hold 18 ploughs. There was one mill, one church and one lead mine with 80 acres of meadows. [2] Bakewell Castle in the town of Bakewell was a motte and bailey castle built in the 12th century that was razed to the ground during the English Civil War; now only ruins can be seen.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bagwell research. Another 95 words(7 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1618, 1683, 1654, 1708, 1685, 1689, 1690, 1701, 1682, 1752 and 1650 are included under the topic Early Bagwell History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 199 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bagwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Bagwell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Bagwells were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Bagwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henery Bagwell, who arrived in Virginia in 1608
  • Henry Bagwell, aged 35, arrived in Virginia in 1610
  • Henry Bagwell who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Thomas Bagwell settled in Virginia 1623
  • Thomas Bagwell, who arrived in Virginia in 1623

Bagwell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Bagwell, who arrived in Virginia in 1701


  • Marcus Alexander Bagwell (b. 1970), American professional wrestler and actor
  • Jeffrey Robert Bagwell (b. 1968), former American professional baseball player and coach
  • William Mallory Bagwell (1895-1976), American Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Shaune Bagwell (b. 1973), American born fashion model and actress
  • William Bagwell (b. 1655), English merchant and writer on astronomy
  • Richard Bagwell (1840-1918), noted Irish historian of the Stuart and Tudor periods in Ireland, and a political commentator with strong Unionist convictions
  • William Bagwell (1776-1826), Irish Tory politician
  • John Bagwell (1811-1883), Irish High Sheriff of Tipperary in 1834


  • Bagwell: The Family History Book by Pamela Murrell Bagwell.

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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. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

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  2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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The Bagwell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bagwell 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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