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 Balguy family
Norfolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Balguy family
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Balguy Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Balguy have been found, including: Balguy, Balgy, Balgay, Baulgy, Balgie, Ballguy and many more.
Early Notables of the Balguy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Balguy family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Balguy, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : Frances Balgay, who came to America in 1763.
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