Bechworde History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestors of the Bechworde surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived at Beckwith in the Yorkshire parish of Pannal, and it is from this location that the name Bechworde is derived. The distinguished name Bechworde is derived from the Old English word bece, which means beech, and the Old Norse word vior, which means wood. Thus the surname Bechworde 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 Bechworde family
The surname Bechworde 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 Bechworde family
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Bechworde Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Bechworde include Beckwith, Beckworth, Beckworthe and others.
Early Notables of the Bechworde family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bechworde family
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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 Bechworde 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)
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.