Beeghly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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All Irish surnames have a unique and often romantic meaning. The name Beeghly originally appeared in Gaelic as O Beaglaoich where beag means little, and laoch means hero. First Anglicized as O'Begley, it now appears mostly as Begley, and occasionally Bagley.
Early Origins of the Beeghly family
The surname Beeghly was first found in the counties of Cork and Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where they held considerable territories as an important Irish sept directly descended from the line of the Heber Irish Kings.
Important Dates for the Beeghly family
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Beeghly Spelling Variations
Names written in official documents were generally spelt as they sounded, leading to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion in records of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Beeghly that are preserved in documents of the family history are Begley, Beegley, Beeghley, Begly, Begeley, Begely, Beagley and many more.
Early Notables of the Beeghly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beeghly family
The English-ruled Ireland of the late 18th and 19th centuries featured a rapidly increasing population and an agricultural-based economy. This combination proved to be disastrous in the 1840s after a couple of failed potato harvests. Thousands died of disease and starvation, and thousands more left the country, often bound for North America. Those that survived the journey to North America were put to work building the bridges, canals, roadways, and railways needed for the development of an industrial society. Those Irish, although often despised by those already established in North American cities and towns, played an instrumental role in making Canada and the United States the powerful and wealthy nations that they are today. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has shown many immigrants bearing the name Beeghly: Charles Begley who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1855; Christopher Begley arrived there in 1854; Edward Begley in 1869; Henry Begley in 1856.
Contemporary Notables of the name Beeghly (post 1700)
- Milton J. Beeghly, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1916 
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