The name Baygents is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a coiner or minter. The name is derived from a coin called the byzantius,
whose name is derived from the city of Byzantium, where they were minted.
Early Origins of the Baygents family
The surname Baygents was first found in Middlesex, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Baygents family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Baygents research.Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1168, 1190, 1194, 1748, 1752, 1776, 1836, and 1870 are included under the topic Early Baygents History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Baygents Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Baygents are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Baygents include Besant, Besaynt, Bezant, Bessant, Besand, Beasant, Bessent, Beazant, Bayzand, Beszant, Bassant, Bassent and many more.
Early Notables of the Baygents family (pre 1700)
Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Baygents Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Baygents family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Baygents or a variant listed above: John Bassent, who sailed to South Carolina in 1673; Thomas Bassant, who arrived in Virginia in 1679; Peter Besand, who came to Philadelphia in 1879; Jacob Besand, who came to Philadelphia in 1880.