Abekett is a name whose history dates far back into the mists of early British times to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes. It is a name for a person with a prominent nose. The Old English word beke
refers to the beak of a bird. More rarely, Abekett 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, Abekett 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 Abekett family
The surname Abekett was first found in Norfolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Abekett family
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Abekett Spelling Variations
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. Abekett has been recorded under many different variations, including Becket, Beckett, Beckete, Beckette and others.
Early Notables of the Abekett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Abekett family to Ireland
Some of the Abekett family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 113 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Abekett family to the New World and Oceana
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 Abekett 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.