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

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Beaston is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived at Beeston Castle, in the county of Cheshire. Beeston is also a village near Leeds. Bayston Hill is a large village and civil parish in central Shropshire.

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The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Beaston has been spelled many different ways, including Beeston, Beaston, Beeson, Beason, Beestoun, Beson and many more.

First found in Cheshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beaston research. Another 139 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1636, 1702, 1579, 1638, 1606 and 1682 are included under the topic Early Beaston History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 77 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beaston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Beastons to arrive in North America: Stephen Beeston who settled in Maryland in 1666; James Beeson settled in New England in 1774; Thomas Beson settled in Virginia in 1635. In Newfoundland, John Beeson was married in St. John's in 1762.

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  • Virgil Lee Beaston, American Adjunct Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law


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