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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : habitational name from Bagby in North Yorkshire, recorded in Domesday Book as Baghebi, from the Old Norse personal name Baggi + Old Norse býr ‘farmstead’, ‘village’.
  • Scottish : possibly from Begbie in East Lothian.
  • James Bagby, a Scot, arrived in Jamestown, VA, in about 1628. One of his descendants, Arthur Pendleton Bagby (1794–1858), was governor of Alabama (1837–1841) and a U.S. senator (1841–48).

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