The earliest origins of the Bechete surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a person with a prominent nose. The Old English word beke
refers to the beak of a bird. More rarely, Bechete 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, Bechete 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,
bee, and cot,
which means cottage
The name of the Devon
settlement has the Old English personal name Bicca,
which is probably derived from becca,
which means pickaxe
as its first element.
Early Origins of the Bechete family
The surname Bechete was first found in Norfolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Bechete family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bechete research.Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1653, 1719 and are included under the topic Early Bechete History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bechete Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Bechete are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bechete include: Becket, Beckett, Beckete, Beckette and others.
Early Notables of the Bechete family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bechete family to Ireland
Some of the Bechete 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.
Migration of the Bechete family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bechete or a variant listed above: John Becket who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1683; was a shipwright and had a large family. Mary Becket settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1623.