Baggott / Family History
ancient family history was found in the irishsurnames.com archives.
Surnames developed a wide number of variants over the centuries. Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.
Variants of the name Baggott
include Bahot, Bagot, Bagehot, Baggett, Bagote, Baggit and many others. This ancient name is derived form the German first name 'Baho' or ' Bago' meaning 'to fight'. This name is usually of English where it can be found in many ancient records. An early record of the name refers to a Simon Baghot who was recorded in the Staffordshire Feet of Fines in the year 1198. A Hereveus Bagod was recorded in the 'Chartulary of Staffordshire' in the year 1159.
Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. It was by the method of creating and updating these old reference books that they were able to maintain their authority and enforce laws.
In Ireland the name Baggott has existed since the thirteenth century when the original form of the name in Gaelic was Bagoid. Families of the name were located in County Dublin and in County Limerick where the village of Baggotstown records their presence.
family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Baggott