Bechwithey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Bechwithey belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived at Beckwith in the Yorkshire parish of Pannal, and it is from this location that the name Bechwithey is derived. The distinguished name Bechwithey is derived from the Old English word bece, which means beech, and the Old Norse word vior, which means wood. Thus the surname Bechwithey indicates the proximity of the town to a grove of beech trees. [1] The name of Beckwith is said to have been changed from Malbie in the 12th century. [2]

Early Origins of the Bechwithey family

The surname Bechwithey was first found in Yorkshire, where "most of the armigerous families of the name spring from, and Beckwith, a hamlet in the parish of Pannal, in that county, is probably the cradle of the race. " [2]

Important Dates for the Bechwithey family

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Bechwithey 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 Bechwithey include Beckwith, Beckworth, Beckworthe and others.

Early Notables of the Bechwithey family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Bechwithey family

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 Bechwithey were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Sir Marmaduke Beckwith of Aldborough who settled in Richmond County, Virginia in 1748; but he had been preceded by Matthew Beckwith who settled in Connecticut in 1635.

Citations

  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
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