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Where did the English Bee family come from? What is the English Bee family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bee family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bee family history?The name is derived from the Old English word "beo," which is modernized as "bee." Accordingly, the name is a nickname for someone who was "busy as a bee."
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Bee include Bee, Bea, Bie, Bees and others.
First found in Oxfordshire where one of the first records of the name was Walter le Be who was listed there in 1195. A few years later Robert Be was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of Yorkshire in 1198. William le Beo was listed in the Assize Rolls of Somerset in 1243.  Later, Alicia Bee was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 and Thomas Bee was in 1447 listed in Northumberland and Durham. 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bee research. Another 400 words(29 lines of text) covering the years 1305 and 1756 are included under the topic Early Bee History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Bee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Bee 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.
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bee or a variant listed above:
Bee Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Bee Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Bee Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Bee Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bee 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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