Show ContentsBeazley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient roots of the Beazley family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Beazley comes from when the family lived in Beesley, in the county of Lancashire. [1] The place name literally means 'woodland clearing' having derived from the Old English beos 'bent grass' + leah. [2]

However, one source claims the family came from Baslow, a chapelry, in the parish and union of Bakewell, hundred of High Peak in Derbyshire. [3]

Early Origins of the Beazley family

The surname Beazley was first found in Lancashire where Thomas de Besleg was listed in the Assize Rolls for 1246. [1]

While this is the generally accepted place of origin, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had no mention of the family there in later years, as these rolls listed Hugh filius Basilie, Nottinghamshire; Alan Basel, Cambridgeshire; Richard Baseli, Oxfordshire; John Basely, Cambridgeshire; and Michael Basely, Buckinghamshire. [3]

Early History of the Beazley family

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Beazley Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Beazley has appeared include Beazley, Beasley, Beasely, Beesely, Beesley, Bezley, Beasey and many more.

Early Notables of the Beazley family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: George Beesley or Bisley (d. 1591), English Catholic missioner, born at a place called the Mount, in Goosnargh parish, in Lancashire. "Ordained priest in 1587 he was sent upon the English mission in 1588. Falling into the hands of the persecutors he was so frequently tortured by the notorious Topcliffe...
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Beazley Ranking

In the United States, the name Beazley is the 17,887th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]

Ireland Migration of the Beazley family to Ireland

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United States Beazley migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Beazley arrived in North America very early:

Beazley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Beazley, who arrived in Maryland in 1672 [5]
  • Robs Beazley, who landed in Virginia in 1695 [5]
Beazley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Richard Beazley, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1848

Canada Beazley migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Beazley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

Australia Beazley migration to Australia +

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

Beazley Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Charles Beazley, (Beasley), (b. 1776), aged 21, English weaver who was convicted in London, England for life for highway robbery, transported aboard the "Barwell" in September 1797, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1837 [7]
Beazley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Beazley, British Convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 25th June 1838, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [8]
  • Mr. Henry Thomas Beazley, English convict who was convicted in Winchester, Hampshire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Belgravia" on 4th April 1866, arriving in Western Australia [9]

New Zealand Beazley migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Beazley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Eliza Beazley, (b. 1823), aged 33, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 24th October 1856 [10]

Contemporary Notables of the name Beazley (post 1700) +

  • John Andrew Beazley (1918-1990), American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher
  • William Beazley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 2008 [11]
  • Frank Bryant Beazley (1897-1973), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Virginia State House of Delegates, 1944-51 [11]
  • Samuel Beazley (1786-1851), English architect, novelist and playwright, born in 1786 in Parliament Street, Westminster, where his father carried on the business of an architect and surveyor [12]
  • John Beazley, English co-founder of Mitchell Beazley Publishers Limited, a British book publisher in 1969
  • Sir John Davidson Beazley (1885-1970), English (Scottish born), Professor of Classical Archaeology in Art at Oxford
  • Charles Nightingale Beazley FRIBA (1834-1897), British architect
  • Peter George Beazley CBE (1922-2004), British businessman and politician, Member of the European Parliament for the Conservative Party
  • Kim Edward Beazley AO (1917-2007), Australian politician, 10th Minister for Education (1972-1975)
  • Kim Christian Beazley AC (b. 1948), Australian politician, Australian Ambassador to the United States
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