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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.

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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 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] 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] 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] 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]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beauchamp 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 Beauchamp History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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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"

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  • 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
  • George Antheme Beauchamp (1899-1990), American Republican politician, Candidate for supervisor of Grosse Pointe Township, Michigan
  • Emory P. Beauchamp, American politician, U.S. Consul in Aix-la-Chapelle, 1874; SAINT Gall, 1884
  • Edward J. Beauchamp, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Lewiston, Maine, 1939; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Maine 2nd District, 1940, 1946
  • Edgar A. Beauchamp, American politician, Candidate for village President of Lochmoor, Michigan, 1938
  • E. W. Beauchamp, American politician, Mayor of Pecos, Texas, 1953-54
  • Isaac Emerson Beauchamp (1899-1971), American Democrat politician, Member of Kentucky State Senate, 1944-46; Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky, 1951-55
  • J. C. Beauchamp, American politician, Member of Georgia State Senate 22nd District, 1923-24
  • Matthew Joseph Beauchamp, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1998, 2000
  • Paula L. C. Beauchamp, American Democrat politician, Chair of Cass County Democratic Party, 2003

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  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.

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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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