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The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Bechet family have grown. The name Bechet was given to a member of the family who was a person with a prominent nose. The Old English word beke refers to the beak of a bird. More rarely, Bechet may be a local type surname, referring to someone who lived beside a stream. The surname in this case is derived from the Northern Old English word bekke, which means stream and is derived from the Old Norse word bekkr. Also, Bechet may be a local surname referring to settlements called Beckett in Berkshire and Devon. The Berkshire settlement takes its name from the Old English words beo, which means bee, and cot, which means cottage or shelter. The name of the Devon settlement has the Old English personal name Bicca, which is probably derived from becca, which means pickaxe or mattock, as its first element.

Bechet Early Origins



The surname Bechet was first found in Norfolk and Cheshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Bechet Spelling Variations


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Bechet Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bechet family name include Becket, Beckett, Beckete, Beckette and others.

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Bechet Early History


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Bechet Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bechet research. Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1653, 1719 and are included under the topic Early Bechet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bechet Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bechet Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bechet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bechet In Ireland


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Bechet In Ireland



Some of the Bechet family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Bechet surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Bechet Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Genevieve Bechet, who landed in Louisiana in 1718
  • Jean Bechet, aged 4, landed in Louisiana in 1718
  • Marie Bechet, who arrived in Louisiana in 1718
  • Francois Bechet, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bechet (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bechet (post 1700)



  • Sidney Joseph Bechet (1897-1959), American jazz musician
  • Louis Samuel Albert Désiré Béchet de Léocour, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    6. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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    The Bechet Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bechet 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.

    This page was last modified on 11 February 2015 at 14:24.

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