The Becherstume name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in one of several places named Bickerton. Bickerton is the name of various townships in the parish of Malpas in Cheshire
in the parish of Rothburg in Northumberland
, and in the parish of Bilton, in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The toponym Bickerton
is derived from the Old English beocere,
which means bee-keeper,
and tun, which originally denoted a fence or enclosure. However this came to mean enclosure round a house, homestead, village or town
at an early date. Thus the name can be understood to mean village of the bee-keeper.
Early Origins of the Becherstume family
The surname Becherstume was first found in Cheshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Becherstume family
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Becherstume Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Becherstume has undergone many spelling variations
, including Bickerton, Bickertown, Beckertoun, Bikerton, Bikarton and many more.
Early Notables of the Becherstume family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Becherstume family to Ireland
Some of the Becherstume family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Becherstume family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Becherstume were among those contributors: Joan Bickerton who settled in Barbados in 1675; George Bickerton settled in Pennsylvania in 1772; John in Philadelphia in 1773; Thomas settled in New England