and Buckingham. The Beckstead surname is a habitational name derived from any of various places named Beckley, such as those in
. The place name Beckley comes from the Old English name
from early times.
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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Beckstead has been recorded under many different variations, including Beckley, Beckly, Bistley, Bickley and others.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Beckstead or a variant listed above:
Beckstead Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Margaret Beckstead, who arrived in Utah in 1848
- Cathrine L. Beckstead, who arrived in Utah in 1849
- Gordan Silas Beckstead, who arrived in Utah in 1849