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Where did the English Beach family come from? What is the English Beach family crest and coat of arms? When did the Beach family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Beach family history?

The Beach surname, of Norman ancestry, was a name given to a person who lived near a stream, or a person who lived near a prominent beech tree, or area wooded with beech trees. The two different landmarks were referred to by the same Old English root, beche.

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Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Beach, Beche, Beck, Becke, Beache, Bech, Beech and many more.

First found in Hertfordshire where Gosfrid le Beche was sometimes known as Geoffrey de Bec, one of the principal holders and tenant-in- chief of land in that shire as recorded by the Domesday Book in the year 1086. He was from Beche in Normandy and accompanied William the Conqueror into England at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Amongst other villages he also owned Aldenham, Cokenach, Eastwick, Hailey, Lilley, Langley and many others in Hertfordshire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beach research. Another 201 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beach History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Beach Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Beach or a variant listed above:

Beach Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard Beach, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Richard Beach who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1637
  • Stephen Beach settled in Virginia in 1639
  • Stephen Beach, who arrived in Virginia in 1639
  • Mrs. Elias Beach, who landed in Maryland in 1640


Beach Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Antho Beach, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Wm Beach, who landed in Virginia in 1713
  • Wilhelm Beach, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1749

Beach Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Reuben C Beach, who arrived in New York in 1832
  • W E, Beach Jr., who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • W L Beach, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • W R Beach, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • G W Beach, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850


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  • Moses Yale Beach (1800-1868), American publisher, who established the New York Sun
  • Amy Marcey Cheney Beach (1867-1944), American pianist and composer
  • Alfred Ely Beach (1826-1896), American editor and inventor who built a pneumatic subway under Broadway in New York City in 1870
  • Rex Beach (1877-1949), American novelist and playwright
  • William D Beach (1856-1932), United States Army Brigadier General
  • Brigadier-General George Corwin Beach Jr. (1888-1948), American Commandant Brooke Medical Center Fort Sam Houston (1942-1946)
  • Brigadier-General Maurice Milton Beach (1903-1987), American Commanding General of the 53rd Troop Carrier Wing (1942-1945)
  • Michael Edward Hicks Beach (1837-1916), 1st Earl St Aldwyn, English statesman
  • William Vincent Beach (1903-1995), English Navy Surgeon Rear-Admiral


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The Beach Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beach Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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