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Baulgay is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to 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.

Early Origins of the Baulgay family

The surname Baulgay was first found in Norfolk, where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Hugh le (sic) Baylgy. 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. Hugh le Balgy [1] and Geoffrey Balky (Lincolnshire) were also listed in the same rolls.

Over one hundred years later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Magota Balgy; Matilda Balgr; and Dionicia Balgy. [2]

Early History of the Baulgay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Baulgay research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1379, 1397, 1399, 1503, 1602, 1686, 1748, 1686, 1696, 1702, 1716, 1785 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Baulgay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Baulgay Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Baulgay has appeared include Balguy, Balgy, Balgay, Baulgy, Balgie, Ballguy and many more.

Early Notables of the Baulgay family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Balguy (1686-1748), English divine, born 12 Aug. 1686 at Sheffield. "His father, Thomas, who was master of the Sheffield grammar school, died in 1696, and was succeeded by Mr. Daubux, under...
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Migration of the Baulgay family

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Baulgay arrived in North America very early: Frances Balgay, who came to America in 1763.

  1. Page, William (ed), A History of the County of Norfolk. London: Victoria County History, 1906. Print
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) on Facebook