The founding heritage of the Balgay family is in the Anglo-Saxon
culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Balgay comes from when one of the family worked as a person of a conjectural profession. It is thought that this name is occupational
in nature, due to the structure of the name of the first person to bear the name. Hugh le Balgy appears in the historical record in the Hundrendorum Rolls of 1273, in the county of Norfolk
. The inclusion of the word le
in a name usually indicates that it is occupational
, however, no records exist which indicate what a balgy does.
Early Origins of the Balgay family
The surname Balgay was first found in Norfolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Balgay family
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Balgay Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Balgay has been spelled many different ways, including Balguy, Balgy, Balgay, Baulgy, Balgie, Ballguy and many more.
Early Notables of the Balgay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Balgay family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Balgays to arrive in North America:
Balgay Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Frances Balgay, who settled in America in 1763