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Early Origins of the Hagley family

The surname Hagley was first found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Hagley. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Hagley held by Roger, a Norman noble, under tenant of William FitzAnsculf who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. Hagley Hall, a Palladian mansion, was later famous for its paintings.

Early History of the Hagley family

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Hagley Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Hagley, Haggley, Haggeley, Hagleigh, Hagelea and others.

Early Notables of the Hagley family (pre 1700)

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United States Hagley migration to the United States +

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hagley or a variant listed above:

Hagley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Lewis Hagley, who settled in America in 1685
Hagley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Hagley, who settled in Detroit in 1867
  • E. Hagley, who settled in Detroit in 1867

Canada Hagley migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hagley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Hagley, who arrived in Ontario in 1871

Australia Hagley migration to Australia +

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

Hagley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Aaron Hagley, English convict who was convicted in Devon, England for life for manslaughter, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 8th December 1839, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • J. Hagley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Athenian" in 1849 [3]

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from
  3. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ATHENIAN 1849. Retrieved from on Facebook