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Buggy is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Buggy family lived in Dorset. The family's name, however, is reference to Buge, Normandy, their place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. [1]

Alternatively the name could have been derived from the Saxon names Bucge and Bogue. [2] Another source continues this postulation, noting the "Anglo - Saxon landholders named Buga and Bugga, and that these names, together with Bucge, are also ancient German names. In fact, at the present day we find Bugge as a surname both in Germany and Scandinavia. " [3]

Early Origins of the Buggy family

The surname Buggy was first found in Dorset, where "the family of Bugg, of the vicinity of Sherborne, have probably an ancestor in John Bugge, who owned land in West Tyneham some time in the 16th century. Both Bugg and Bugge were not uncommon names in Oxfordshire in the reign of Edward I. "[3]

This same source notes that "we learn from Deering's "Nottingham," that in the reign of Mary I., the Bugges, as Merchants of the Staple, were persons of considerable note in the town of Nottingham. " [3]

But the family was far more widespread and prevalent in the early years, than the aforementioned localization. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed: Bate Bugge, Yorkshire; William Bugge, Oxfordshire; and Osberne Bugge, Oxfordshire. The early Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Willelmus Bugge; Robertus Bugg; and Johannes Bugg, 1379 as all holding lands there at that time. [4]

Early History of the Buggy family

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Buggy Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Bugge, Bug, Buge, Bugg, Buggs, Buggy, Buggie and others.

Early Notables of the Buggy family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Francis Bugg (1640-1724?), English writer against Quakerism, of whose life no authentic account remains, is only known from his own writings or those of his opponents...
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Ireland Migration of the Buggy family to Ireland

Some of the Buggy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Buggy migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Buggy or a variant listed above:

Buggy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Catherine Buggy, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1847
  • Catharine Buggy, who sailed to Massachusetts in 1847 as a bonded passenger
  • Bridget, Patrick, and Judy Buggy, who, who arrived in New York in 1854
  • Bridget Buggy, aged 17, who landed in New York in 1854 [5]
  • Judy Buggy, aged 9, who arrived in New York in 1854 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Buggy migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Buggy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Buggy, who immigrated to St. John's Newfoundland in 1825 [6]
  • John and Mary Crawley Buggy and their daughter Mary, who settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1827
  • Mary Crowley Buggy, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • Patrick Buggy and James Buggy, who were recorded in the 1871 census in Ontario

Australia Buggy migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Buggy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Judy Buggy, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney" [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Buggy (post 1700) +

  • Niall Buggy, award-winning Irish theatre and movie actor

  1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  7. South Australian Register Wednesday 21st February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Rodney 1855. Retrieved on Facebook