Last name: Begley

This interesting and unusual surname is of Irish origin, and is an Anglicization of the Gaelic "O Beaglaoich", meaning "descendant of Beaglaoch", a person name composed of the elements "beag", small, and "laoch", hero. This is the name of Co. Donegal sept located in the barony of Kilmacrenan, where its present day representatives are still to be found. The placename Tulloghobegley, a parish in the barony of Kilmacrenan, perpetuates their association with that area. The name Begley is now almost as numerous in Munster as in Ulster, and one of its principal modern locations is Co. Kerry. The O'Begleys of Munster are a branch of the Co. Donegal sept; the first of them went to Co. Cork with the MacSweeneys as gallowglasses at the end of the 15th Century. Interesting namebearers include: Conor Begley, who collaborated in the production of Hugh Mac Curtin's English-Irish Dictionary, which was printed in Paris in 1732; and Henry Begley (d. 1895), of Co. Limerick, who was a landscape painter of note. The christening was recorded of Edmond, son of Maurice Begley and Nora Donoghue, on May 12th 1797, at Killarney, Co. Kerry. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Elizabeth Beggaley, which was dated November 19th 1561, christened at St. Martin in the Fields, Westminster, London, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1, known as "Good Queen Bess", 1558 - 1603. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Paula Clagg
Just to clarify....the name is BEGEY.....no "L"....and it is a "made-up" name, an attempt at a phonetic spelling that backfired....supposedly changed by Caesar Paul Begey to make it easier for Americans to NOT pronounce "Bergere" as "Burger".....

Ed Begley
My name is Ed Begley my grandfather said name was Baguley originally and they were blue bloods from Cheshire England..... the family was baggley in 1810 it was misspelled in Knox. Co.Kentucky to Begley.

Mike Fields
My mothers family was also Begley, from Leslie County Ky

Bre begley
im from leslie county lol

Luanne Meyer
I am the 4x great granddaughter of John Stewart Begley from Clay/Perry Kentucky and he indicated he was from Ireland. Related?

Kristy Begley
i was born in perry county Kentucky which is Hazard,ky close to leslie county

Maryella Begley
My father is from Harlan Co, KY and has family in Harlan and Letcher counties.

Paula Clagg
I am related to people named Begey that settled in Muscatine, Iowa....they were never in Ireland. My great-grandfather's name was Paul Bergere (pronounced bare-zhay') and he was from St. Germain in France. He got tired of people pronouncing it "bur'-ger" which made him sound German and told his family they were legally changing it to a 'phonetic' spelling of Begey, as he thought that would at least have people pronouncing it correctly. It sort of backfired and people pronounced it "bee'-gee". His daughter, my grandmother told me this....the entire family was from France as far back as you can track....some of the generations still live in/around Iowa, some moved to Connecticut.