Bechelle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Anglo-Saxon name Bechelle comes from the family having resided in or around the parish of Beckles, in the county of Suffolk.
Early Origins of the Bechelle family
The surname Bechelle was first found in Suffolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Bechelle family
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Bechelle Spelling Variations
Bechelle has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Bekell, Beckles, Beccles, Bekles, Beckle, Beccle, Beckells, Beccells and many more.
Early Notables of the Bechelle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bechelle family
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bechelles to arrive on North American shores: George Beckles who arrived in Barbados in 1680.