Bechword History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestry of the name Bechword dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived at Beckwith in the Yorkshire parish of Pannal, and it is from this location that the name Bechword is derived. The distinguished name Bechword is derived from the Old English word bece, which means beech, and the Old Norse word vior, which means wood. Thus the surname Bechword indicates the proximity of the town to a grove of beech trees.  The name of Beckwith is said to have been changed from Malbie in the 12th century. 
Early Origins of the Bechword family
The surname Bechword 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. " 
Early History of the Bechword family
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Bechword Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bechword have been found, including Beckwith, Beckworth, Beckworthe and others.
Early Notables of the Bechword family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bechword family
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Bechword, or a variant listed above: 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.
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The Bechword Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Jouir en bien
Motto Translation: To enjoy innocent
- ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
- ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.