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Abeckett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Abeckett is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to a person with a prominent nose. The Old English word beke refers to the beak of a bird. More rarely, Abeckett 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, Abeckett 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, which means bee, and cot, which means cottage or shelter. The name of the Devon settlement has the Old English personal name Bicca, which is probably derived from becca, which means pickaxe or mattock, as its first element.

Early Origins of the Abeckett family


The surname Abeckett was first found in Norfolk and Cheshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Abeckett family


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Abeckett Spelling Variations


Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Abeckett were recorded, including Becket, Beckett, Beckete, Beckette and others.

Early Notables of the Abeckett family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Abeckett family to Ireland


Some of the Abeckett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Abeckett family to the New World and Oceana


To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Abeckett family emigrate to North America: 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.

Contemporary Notables of the name Abeckett (post 1700)


  • William Arthur Callander à Beckett (1833-1901), Australian barrister
  • Sir William à Beckett (1806-1869), Australian chief justice
  • Thomas Turner à Beckett (1808-1892), Australian lawyer and politician
  • Sir Thomas à Beckett (1836-1919), Australian judge
  • Ada Mary à Beckett (1872-1948), Australian educationist

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