Beacher History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Beacher is rooted in the ancient Norman culture that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. It was a name for someone who was a person who lived near a stream, or a person who lived near a prominent beech tree, or area wooded with beech trees. The two different landmarks were referred to by the same Old English root, beche.

Early Origins of the Beacher family

The surname Beacher was first found in London, where they had been granted estates by King William, their liege lord, after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Beacher family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beacher research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1550, 1600, 1568, 1574, 1628, 1694, 1667, 1689, 1640, 1709, 1690, 1674, 1726, 1713 and 1726 are included under the topic Early Beacher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Beacher Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Beecher, Beacher, Becher and others.

Early Notables of the Beacher family (pre 1700)

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beacher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Beacher family to Ireland

Some of the Beacher family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 63 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Beacher migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Beacher or a variant listed above:

Beacher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anthony Beacher, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1821
  • John H. Beacher, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1867

Australia Beacher migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Beacher Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Richard Beacher, (Beecher), (b. 1809), aged 21, English seaman who was convicted in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, England for 14 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Burrell" on 22nd July 1830, arriving in New South Wales, he died in 1876 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Beacher (post 1700) +

  • Abraham Beacher, American politician, American Labor Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 13th District, 1952 [2]
  • George Beacher Smith (1921-2013), English footballer
  • Harlan Beacher Bell (1895-1986), American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1948, 1956 [3]


  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/burrell
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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