Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that an early member 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 Balgie family
Norfolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Balgie family
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Balgie Spelling Variations
hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Balgie were recorded, including Balguy, Balgy, Balgay, Baulgy, Balgie, Ballguy and many more.
Early Notables of the Balgie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Balgie family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Balgie family emigrate to North America: Frances Balgay, who came to America in 1763.
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