The history of the name Abbeckett goes back those Anglo-Saxon
tribes that once ruled over Britain. Such a name was given to a person with a prominent nose. The Old English word beke
refers to the beak of a bird. More rarely, Abbeckett may be a local
type surname, referring to someone who lived beside a stream. The surname in this case is derived from the Northern Old English word bekke,
which means stream
and is derived from the Old Norse word bekkr.
Also, Abbeckett may be a local
surname referring to settlements called Beckett
in Berkshire and Devon
. The Berkshire settlement takes its name from the Old English words beo,
bee, and cot,
which means cottage
The name of the Devon
settlement has the Old English personal name Bicca,
which is probably derived from becca,
which means pickaxe
as its first element.
Early Origins of the Abbeckett family
The surname Abbeckett was first found in Norfolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Abbeckett family
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Abbeckett Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Abbeckett family name include Becket, Beckett, Beckete, Beckette and others.
Early Notables of the Abbeckett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Abbeckett family to Ireland
Some of the Abbeckett family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Abbeckett family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Abbeckett or a variant listed above: John Becket who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1683; was a shipwright and had a large family. Mary Becket settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1623.