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About the Baggott surname

Baggott is one of several spellings derived from the surname Bagot which was first used as the given name of an early resident of Staffordshire, England, who was recorded in the Domesday Book after the Norman Conquest as Bagod d'Arras, or Bagod from Arras. Arras was a city in Normandy. The family which several hundred years later produced Barons Bagot and Earls of Stafford claims this Bagod of Arras among their earliest known progenitors. It is supposed that other descendants of Bagod of Arras also adopted the surname as well as other cadet branches of the noble family. Variants of the name include: Bagot, Baggott, Baggett, Bagehot, Badgett, and others. Records use various spellings even for the same person.

Several suggestions for the name's meaning have been offered, often with little evidence to recommend them. As it was first a given name, its use as a surname may derive first from patronymic use.

If derived from Anglo-Norman French. see: (1) Anglo-Norman Dictionary (AND2 Online Edition), s.v., "bagge," accessed 9 May 2022, or (2) Anglo-Norman Dictionary (AND2 Online Edition), s.v., "bage," accessed 9 May 2022,

If derived from Old Norse, see:

If derived from Old English, see, from Old English Dictionary:

  • bac- see bæc >
  • bæc [] 1. n (-es/bacu) back; on ~ backwards, behind, aback; on ~ settan/lǽtan to neglect; on ~ lǽtan to leave behind; ofer ~ backwards, back; under ~ behind, backwards, back; ofer ~ búgan to turn back, flee; clǽne ~ habban to be straightforward, honest; 2. m (-es/bacas), f (-e/-a), n (-es/bacu) beck, brook
  • bǽg see béag >
  • béag [] 1. m (-es/-as) ring (as ornament or as money), coil, bracelet, collar, crown, garland; treasured things; a treasured thing (sword); 2. pret 1, 3 sing of búgan