Beckstead is a local
name from the German region of Westphalia
names and other types of hereditary surnames
began to be used in Germany
after the 12th century. They were derived from the name of the place where the original bearer of the name lived. Sometimes local names bear the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from". This was originally an indication of land-ownership, and was sometimes a mark of aristocracy. The family originally lived by a stream or a brook. The name Beckstead was originally derived from the German word bach
which means stream.
Early Origins of the Beckstead family
The surname Beckstead was first found in Westphalia
, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as that of a notable family in the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.
Early History of the Beckstead family
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Beckstead Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia
. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations
of Beckstead include Beck, Bech, Bech, Beche, Becke, Bec, Becce and many more.
Early Notables of the Beckstead family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beckstead family to the New World and Oceana
After 1650, thousands of German settlers came to North America to escape the religious persecution and poverty that wracked Europe and to make the most of the opportunity to own their own land in a new country. They settled across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, and in Canada in Ontario and on the fertile plains of the prairie provinces. Among them:
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
Contemporary Notables of the name Beckstead (post 1700)
- Alex Beckstead, American film director and producer
- Ian Beckstead (b. 1957), Canadian CFL football player who played from 1981 to 1992 for the Toronto Argonauts and the Ottawa Rough Riders, awarded the Leo Dandurand Trophy in 1988
Historic Events for the Beckstead family
- Adjutant Jane Etta Elizabeth Beckstead (1871-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
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- ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html