Bagley / Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Bagley / Family History

Bagley / Family History

The Bagley ancient family history was found in the archives.

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 Bagley include Begly, Begley, McCready and McCreedy. This name in Irish is O'Beaglaoich and they were a Donegal sept located in the barony of Kilmacrenan where today the name is still found. The association with that part of the country is found in the placename Tulloghobegley, a parish near Kilmacrenan. The family there were not Bagley but were McCready, a name now spread in the three north east counties of Ulster. This name can also be spelled McCreedy. We find that the name Begley is now also very numerous in Munster, one of the principal locations being County Kerry, where the 1911 census records 37 families of the name there.The Bagley 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 Bagley descendants.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Bagley / Coat of Arms

Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
The Fess Denotes a Military Belt or Girdle of Honour
Martlet One who has been disposessed of land. Sign for fourth son. In Ireland the Martlett was the bird of perpetual movement
Plate Representing a Silver Coin

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