The name Bechette is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Bechette was a name used for a person with a prominent nose. The Old English word beke
refers to the beak of a bird. More rarely, Bechette 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, Bechette 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 Bechette family
The surname Bechette was first found in Norfolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Bechette family
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Bechette Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Bechette include Becket, Beckett, Beckete, Beckette and others.
Early Notables of the Bechette family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bechette family to Ireland
Some of the Bechette 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 Bechette family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Bechette were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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.