Beaglay is a name of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from the name of a medieval court official called a beadle.
A beadle performed similar duties to those of a bailiff in a modern court of law, as well as acting as a sort of town crier, and later as a constable of the parish.
Early Origins of the Beaglay family
The surname Beaglay was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Beaglay family
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Beaglay 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 Beaglay have been found, including Beadell, Beadle, Beadles, Beedle, Beedell, Bedle and others.
Early Notables of the Beaglay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beaglay 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 Beaglay, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : John Beadle who settled in Barbados in 1634; John and Gabriel Beadle, who settled in Virginia in 1608; twelve years before the "Mayflower"; Philip and Robert Beadle settled in Virginia in 1653.