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

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Although the name, Beacroft, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Beecroft, Becroft, Becraft, Bearcroft and others.

First found in Durham, where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beacroft research. Another 109 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 170 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Beacroft History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Beacroft family name Beacroft, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Beacroft Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • George Beacroft, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1858

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The Beacroft Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beacroft 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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