This unusual and interesting surname is a topographical name for someone who lived by a clearing or wood containing animal burrows, deriving from the old English pre 7th Century "bacga" meaning "wild animal" plus "leah" "wood" or "clearing" plus "hol(h)" "hollow" or "burrow". It may also have derived from the personal name Bacga (meaning Badger) plus "leah" plus "hol)m)". The surname dates back to the early 16th Century, (see below). Henry Baglehole married Sarah Burnsley on December 13th 1752 at St. Nicholas cole Abbey, London and Edwain Tippet Beaglehole Marie Emma Firman on March 31st 1855 at St. Dunstan, London. One Charles Baglehole married Theresa Atkins on January 7th 1856 at St. Pancras, Old Church, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John Baglehole, christened, which was dated 1586, St. Mary, Whitechapel, London, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1, "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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