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Where did the English Beech family come from? What is the English Beech family crest and coat of arms? When did the Beech family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Beech family history?The family name Beech is thought to be of Norman origins. Originally, Beech 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.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Beech have been found, including 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beech research. Another 201 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beech History in all our PDF Extended History products.
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For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Beech were among those contributors:
Beech Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Beech Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Beech Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Beech Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beech 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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