The Coat of Arms below was borne by Bagod of Bromley and the Bagots of Staffordshire. There is a lineage shown from Sir Hugh Bagot, knight of Bagot's Bromley, in England. His father was William Bagod, a descendant of the Bagod whom we think came to England in 1066 with William the Conqueror. According to our records, this Bagod was Bagod d'Arras from ancient Flanders. William the Conqueror had secured an army of men in Normandy in 1066 that consisted, not only of Normans, but soldiers from Brittany, Scandinavia, and other countries. After the Saxon King Edward died in 1066, the Anglo-Saxon Witenagemot elected Harold, Earl of Wessex, King of England. The reign of King Harold II ended almost immediately after he was crowned.
William the Conqueror invaded England shortly after Harold’s coronation, and the two armies met at Senlac Hill. This memorable account became etched in history when William and his Norman Army fought with Harold and his Anglo-Saxon Army during the Battle of Hastings in 1066. With the English Army defeated and Harold slain, William, called the Conqueror, was crowned as William I, King of England, in 1066. The Norman dynasty ruled in England until Henry I died in 1135. In 1154 Henry II became King of England. This was the beginning of the Plantagenet dynasty of English kings. The Coat of Arms below is shown with the Crest and Motto that were adopted centuries later. They were added to enhance the appearance of the Coat of Arms. The Baggett and Bagot families remain one of the few that can claim an authentic Domesday ancestor, Bagod (or Bagod de Arras).
Bigod and Bagot was the name of an important English family of Norman origin. Roger Bigod, Earl of Norfolk, came to England at the time of the Conquest and acquired several estates; thus, he became one of the largest lay landowners in Norfolk and Suffolk. Apparently Bagod/Bigod/Bigot names are related. Etymologists contend that Bigot descended from Bigod, and some authorities believe that Bagod is a possible corruption of Bigod, by reason of the English broadening the (“I/A”) sound.
The Arms of Bagod are displayed among many other Arms of Honorary Knights on the Roll of Battle Abbey.Bagods of Bromley are the undisputed progenitors of the family in England. The Coat of Arms of Bagod below is shown full-faced, by reason of at least one of them being an Honorary Knight in the Army of William the Conqueror. The Roll of Battle Abbey is recorded and displayed in many countries. As mentioned above, the Crest was added to the Coat of Arms centuries later. Here are the Earlier Bagod Arms: As for the Motto, if there was a Motto for the Arms at the time of the A. D. 1086 survey, it was probably Deo Non Fortuna. The Motto, Deo Non Fortuna, is by translation: “Given of God, not the goddess of fortune.” No one seems to know when or why this Motto would even want to be changed. Here is the Coat of Arms bearing the Motto, Deo Non Fortuna. the first, or Original:The Motto, Antiquum Obtinens, is translated as: “Possessing our Antiquity (Ancient Honor).” It has been used for centuries and is used at the present time. Here are the Sir John Bagot Arms: Here are the Baron Bagot Arms: Here are the Arms Richard Bagot resumed in 1589 after his dispute with Stafford: Apparently Anglican Bagots are members, or a form of, the Church of England. Here are the Bagot Anglican Arms: Here is the Sheriff William Bagot Coat of Arms: Here is the Coat of Arms of Bagot/Stafford : Here is the Coat of Arms of the Dukes of Buckingham: Here is the Bigot (another spelling of the Coat of Arms) of Brittany:Here is the Ichannes Bigot Coat of Arms: Norfolk is another Bigot Coat of Arms: General collection of Arms:
The English College of Arms in London granted to Captain John Aubrey Baggett, St. his Coat of Arms in 1969. They declared his ancestor in the United States to be a British subject, which leaves out any doubt that the Nicholas Baggett family came from England. The Arms of Captain John Aubrey Baggett, Sr. resembles the Arms of Sir John Bagot, to whom the British College of Arms issued a similar Coat of Arms in the fourteenth century: The John Bagot Coat of Arms is shown above: It resembles Bigot of Grande Bretagne: There are others scattered over the Website; Irish, Australia, others possessing different arms in England. You'll find them in differernt places on the site as I have said. This page has many Arms.