Bauguess History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In the western region of Britain, in the country of Wales, the surname Bauguess originated as a nickname for a small or short man, derived from the Welsh word "bach," which means "little."

Early Origins of the Bauguess family

The surname Bauguess was first found in Denbighshire (Welsh: Sir Ddinbych), a historic county in Northeast Wales created by the Laws in Wales Act 1536, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the Bauguess family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bauguess research. Another 176 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1391, 1450, 1545, 1600, 1622, 1612, 1612 and 1615 are included under the topic Early Bauguess History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bauguess Spelling Variations

Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Bauguess have included Baugh, Bach, Bagh, Bawgh, Baughe, Bawghe and others.

Early Notables of the Bauguess family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Geoffrey Bagh, a prominent 15th century landholder in Shropshire. William Baffin (d. 1622), was an English navigator and discoverer, most probably a native of London, but nothing is known of his early life. "The earliest mention of him is in 1612, as pilot of the Patience, fitted out at Hull by James Hall, for a voyage of discovery to Greenland. Amongst early navigators Baffin takes a high place as one of the first who endeavoured to determine longitude at sea by astronomical observations. In his first recorded voyage to Greenland (8 July...
Another 103 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bauguess Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Bauguess family

The Welsh began to emigrate to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s in search of land, work, and freedom. Those that arrived helped shape the industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. The records regarding immigration and passenger show a number of people bearing the name Bauguess: Thomas Baugh, who sailed to Virginia in 1619. John Baugh journeyed to Barbados in 1671; Jonathan Baugh arrived in Virginia in 1729; Peter Baugh sailed to Philadelphia in 1832.

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