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The name Beacham arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Beacham family lived in Bedfordshire, Buckingham, and Hertfordshire. The geographical roots of the name, however, were established prior to the family's presence in Britain, and stem from the Old French Beauchamps, which refers to towns of that name in Manche and Somme.

Beacham Early Origins



The surname Beacham was first found in Bedfordshire, Buckingham, and Hertford, where the name was "introduced into England at the Norman Conquest by Hugo de Beauchamp, or de Bello Campo, to whom William [the Conqueror] gave 43 lordships, chiefly in the county of Bedford. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Linslade in Buckinghamshire has a long-time association with the family. "This place in the reign of Henry III. belonged to William de Beauchamp, to whom, in 1251, that monarch granted the privilege of a market on Thursday, and a fair on Lady-day to continue for eight days." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Roothing-Beauchamp, a parish, in the union and hundred of Ongar, S. division of the county of Essex " takes the affix to its name from William Beauchamp, proprietor of the manor in 1262." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Another branch was found at early times in the parish of Shrawley in Worcestershire. "This place belonged to Ralph de Todeni, who was standardbearer to William at the battle of Hastings, and whose family held the lands till the time of Edward II., when they passed to the family of Guy Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Also in Worcestershire, a branch of the family was found at Bengeworth. "The manor [of Bengeworth] anciently belonged to the Beauchamp family, whose baronial castle, situated near the bridge, was in the twelfth century destroyed by William d'Anville, abbot of Evesham, in retaliation for depredations committed by the owner on his monastery." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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Beacham Spelling Variations


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Beacham Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Beauchamp, Beauchamps, Beacham, Beecham and others.

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Beacham Early History


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Beacham Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beacham research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1369, 1338, 1401, 1343, 1411, 1392, 1445, 1592 and 1655 are included under the topic Early Beacham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Beacham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Beacham Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was the Earls of Warwick, such as Thomas de Beauchamp, 11th Earl of Warwick (d. 1369), who was an English nobleman and a military commander during the Hundred Years' War; Thomas de Beauchamp, 12th Earl of Warwick, (1338-1401), English medieval nobleman, and one of...

Another 77 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beacham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Beacham name or one of its variants:

Beacham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Beacham, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • James Beacham, who arrived in Barbados in 1685
  • John Beacham, who settled in New England in 1698

Beacham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Beacham, who arrived in Virginia in 1706
  • John Beacham, who landed in Virginia in 1713
  • John Beacham, who arrived in Maryland in 1725

Beacham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Beacham, who arrived in New York in 1839

Beacham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • George Henry Beacham, aged 18, who settled in America from Tipton, in 1905
  • Emma Beacham, aged 59, who emigrated to the United States from Leigh, England, in 1911
  • J. W. Beacham, aged 36, who landed in America from Berlin, Germany, in 1912
  • Arthur Conway Beacham, aged 42, who settled in America from Redditch, England, in 1923
  • Edward Norman Beacham, aged 38, who landed in America from Portsmouth, England, in 1924

Beacham Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Gertrude Beacham, aged 26, who settled in Pickering, Canada, in 1914

Beacham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mark Beacham, aged 24, a smith, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Mallard"
  • Aguila Beacham, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"

Beacham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Isaac Beacham arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1858
  • Elizabeth Beacham arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1858
  • Henry Beacham arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1858
  • Alfred Beacham arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1858
  • Louise Beacham arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1858

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Contemporary Notables of the name Beacham (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Beacham (post 1700)



  • Braxton Beacham (1864-1924), American politician, Mayor of Orlando, Florida (1902)
  • Travis Beacham (b. 1980), American screenwriter, known for his work on Pacific Rim (2013) Clash of the Titans (2010) and Dog Days of Summer (2007)
  • Joseph William Beacham (1874-1958), American football college player and coach, head football coach at Cornell University in 1896
  • John R. Beacham, American politician, Member of Florida State Senate 35th District, 1947
  • George B. Beacham, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1912
  • C. B. Beacham, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 1912
  • Braxton Beacham (1864-1924), American politician, Mayor of Orlando, Florida, 1906-07
  • Stephanie Beacham (b. 1947), English television, film and theatre actress
  • Albert John "Jack" Beacham (1902-1982), English footballer from Birmingham, England

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  11. ...

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