Beast History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Beast dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived at Beeston Castle, in the county of Cheshire. Beeston is also a village near Leeds. Bayston Hill is a large village and civil parish in central Shropshire.

Early Origins of the Beast family

The surname Beast was first found in Cheshire, at Beeston, a township, in the parish of Bunbury, union of Nantwich, First division of the hundred of Eddisbury. "This place takes its name from a castle founded by Ranulph de Blundeville, about 1220, and which was made a royal garrison in the war between Henry III. and the confederate barons. Of the ancient mansion of the Beeston family, who long resided here, there are but small remains." [1]

"The Shropshire Beestons possess the name of more than one Cheshire parish: they are also represented in Derbyshire and Stafford." [2]

Early rolls revealed the family was scattered throughout ancient England in early times. William Bestone was listed in Norfolk in 1153-1166; Andrew de Bieston was entered in the Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire in 1203; and Ralph de Bestune was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 in Cheshire. William Besteton and Ralph Biesteton were listed in Hampshire c. 1248.

Yorkshire had more records in various rolls: Herbert de Beston in the Assize Rolls of 1219; and Richard de Bestayn was listed as holding lands there in 1297. [3]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Radulphus de Beston, Esquier, of Beeston; Willelmiis de Beston; and Johannes de Beeston. [4]

John Beston (d. 1428), was a theological writer, Prior of the Carmelite convent at Bishop's Lynn, and a doctor in theology both of Cambridge and Paris. "He was highly esteemed as a theologian and a philosopher, and also as a preacher. " [5]

Important Dates for the Beast family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beast research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1579, 1711, 1793, 1636, 1702, 1579, 1638, 1606 and 1682 are included under the topic Early Beast History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Beast Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Beast have been found, including Beeston, Beaston, Beeson, Beason, Beestoun, Beson and many more.

Early Notables of the Beast family (pre 1700)

Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beast Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Beast migration to the United States

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Beast, or a variant listed above:

Beast Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Tho Beast, who landed in Virginia in 1636 [6]
  • Thomas Beast, who arrived in Virginia in 1636 [6]
Beast Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anna Maria Beast, aged 17, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1734 [6]
  • Hansheria Beast, aged 36, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [6]
Beast Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Frederick Beast, aged 31, who arrived in Missouri in 1840 [6]

Beast migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Beast Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Hanah Beast, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  6. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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