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Where did the English Beauchamp family come from? What is the English Beauchamp family crest and coat of arms? When did the Beauchamp family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Beauchamp family history?

Today's generation of the Beauchamp family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Beauchamp 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.


Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Beauchamp were recorded, including Beauchamp, Beauchamps, Beacham, Beecham and others.

First found in Bedfordshire, Buckingham, and Hertford, where they had been granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest in 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beauchamp research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1369, 1338, 1401, 1343, 1411, 1392, 1445, 1592 and 1655 are included under the topic Early Beauchamp History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 239 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beauchamp Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Beauchamp arrived in North America very early:

Beauchamp Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Beauchamp, who landed in Massachusetts in 1641
  • Edward Beauchamp, a Huguenot and Freeman, who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1643
  • Robert Beauchamp, who arrived in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1648
  • Edmund Beauchamp, who arrived in Maryland in 1665
  • Edward Beauchamp, who landed in Maryland in 1665

Beauchamp Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jean Beauchamp, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1719
  • Mr. De Beauchamp, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • John Mich Beauchamp, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Joseph Beauchamp, son of Jean and Jeanne Muloin, who married Louise Martel in 1735 in Verchères
  • William Beauchamp, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1741

Beauchamp Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • L. Beauchamp, who settled in San Francisco in 1850
  • G. Beauchamp, who came to San Francisco in 1850

Beauchamp Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Jacques Beauchamp, who landed in Montreal in 1659
  • Marie Dardenne Beauchamp, who arrived in Montreal in 1659

Beauchamp Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Jacques Beauchamp, son of Pierre and Anne Bazinet, who married Anne Maguet in 1726 in Rivière-des-Prairies
  • Michel Beauchamp, son of Pierre and Angélique Leclerc, who married Elisabeth Séguin-Ladroute in 1727 in Saint-François

Beauchamp Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Beauchamp, who arrived in Newfoundland in 1846

Beauchamp Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Maurice Beauchamp, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Beauchamp arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837
  • George Beauchamp arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Boyne" in 1850
  • Frederick Beauchamp, aged 32, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"


  • Mrs. Ruth Beauchamp (1895-1914), née Foster American Second Class Passenger from SS Marie, Michigan, United States who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Jim Beauchamp (b. 1939), American Major League Baseball player
  • Al Beauchamp (b. 1944), American football player
  • George D Beauchamp (1899-1941), American inventor of musical instruments, co-founder of both National Stringed Instrument Corporation and Rickenbacker
  • Clement Hoyt "Clem" Beauchamp (1898-1992), American Academy Award-winning second unit director and later a production manager
  • Reginald E. Beauchamp (1910-2000), American sculptor
  • Mr. William Beauchamp, English 3rd Class passenger residing in Otsego, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. George William Beauchamp, aged 24, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking having handled an oar on lifeboat 13
  • Mr. Henry James Beauchamp (d. 1912), aged 28, English Second Class passenger from London, England who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
  • Sir Brograve Campbell Beauchamp (1897-1976), British and National Liberal and Conservative Party politician


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The Beauchamp Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beauchamp Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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