The name Ballgay finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxons
. It was given to one who 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 Ballgay family
The surname Ballgay was first found in Norfolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Ballgay family
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Ballgay Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Ballgay has been recorded under many different variations, including Balguy, Balgy, Balgay, Baulgy, Balgie, Ballguy and many more.
Early Notables of the Ballgay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ballgay family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Ballgay or a variant listed above: Frances Balgay, who came to America in 1763.