Beegle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

All Irish surnames have a unique and often romantic meaning. The name Beegle 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 Beegle family

The surname Beegle 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.

Early History of the Beegle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beegle research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1732, and 1890 are included under the topic Early Beegle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Beegle Spelling Variations

The spelling of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was rarely consistent. This inconsistency was due to the scribes and church officials' attempts to record orally defined names in writing. The common practice of recording names as they sounded resulted in spelling variations such as Begley, Beegley, Beeghley, Begly, Begeley, Begely, Beagley and many more.

Early Notables of the Beegle family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Beegle family

The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish migrating out of their homeland in a great measure due to the oppressive imperial policies of the English government and landowners. Many of these Irish families sailed to North America aboard overcrowded passenger ships. By far, the largest influx of Irish immigrants to North America occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These particular immigrants were instrumental in creation of the United States and Canada as major industrial nations because the many essential elements such as the roadways, canals, bridges, and railways required an enormous quantity of cheap labor, which these poor immigrants provided. Later generations of Irish in these countries also went on to make valuable contributions in such fields as the arts, commerce, politics, and education. Extensive research into immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Beegle: 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 Beegle (post 1700) +

  • Margaret S. Beegle, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1960 [1]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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