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Where did the English Beasley family come from? When did the Beasley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Beasley family history?

The origins of the Beasley name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Beasley was originally derived from a family having lived in Beasley, in the county of Lancashire.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Beasley include Beazley, Beasley, Beasely, Beesely, Beesley, Bezley, Beasey and many more.

First found in Warwickshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beasley research. Another 268 words(19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beasley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Beasley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 102 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Beasley Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • John Beasley, who landed in America in 1724
  • John Beasley settled in New England in 1751
  • Richard Beasley settled in New England in 1753
  • Bennet Beasley, who landed in Virginia in 1755
  • Bennet Beasley who settled in Virginia in 1755

Beasley Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Isaac Beasley, who landed in New York in 1830
  • William Beasley, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • Berry Beasley, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • George Beasley, who landed in America in 1841
  • Moses Beasley, aged 55, arrived in New York in 1854


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  • David Muldrow Beasley (b. 1957), American politician, 113th Governor of South Carolina (1995-1999)
  • Frederick Jerome Beasley (b. 1974), American NFL football player
  • Jamar Beasley (b. 1979), American soccer player
  • Major-General Rex Webb Beasley (1892-1961), American Commanding Officer Artillery, 81st Division (1942-1945)
  • Aaron Bruce Beasley (b. 1973), former American college and professional NFL football player
  • Allyce Beasley (b. 1954), American actress
  • Bruce Beasley (b. 1939), American abstract expressionist sculptor
  • John Albert "Jack" Beasley (1895-1949), Australian politician, Member of the Australian Parliament for West Sydney (1928-1946)
  • Simon Beasley (b. 1956), former Australian rules footballer
  • Dame Christine Joan Beasley DBE (b. 1944), British nurse, Chief Nursing Officer for England (2004-)

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  • My Folks: Pritchard, Vaught, Beasley, Sargent by Thelma Sargent.
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