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