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Early Origins of the Backinton family

The surname Backinton was first found in Somerset at Beckington, a parish, in the union and hundred of Frome. [1]

Thomas Beckington or Bekynton (1390?-1465), was Bishop of Bath and Wells and Lord Privy Seal, "a native of the Somersetshire village from which he derived his surname. His parentage is unknown, and there is no record of the date of his birth, but from the dates of his admission, first at Winchester (1404) and afterwards at New College, Oxford (1406), it is presumed to have been about 1390. " [2]

Early History of the Backinton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Backinton research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1535, 1455, 1487, 1390 and 1465 are included under the topic Early Backinton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Backinton 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 Backinton were recorded, including Bechington, Beckington, Becheton, Bechinton and many more.

Early Notables of the Backinton family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Backinton family

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 Backinton family emigrate to North America: Lulu Bechington, aged 34, who arrived at Ellis Island from Belvedere, Ill, in 1922.

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print on Facebook