Beckertun History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Beckertun has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in one of several places named Bickerton. Bickerton is the name of various townships in the parish of Malpas in Cheshire in the parish of Rothburg in Northumberland, and in the parish of Bilton, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The toponym Bickerton is derived from the Old English beocere, which means bee-keeper, and tun, which originally denoted a fence or enclosure. However this came to mean enclosure round a house, homestead, village or town at an early date. Thus the name can be understood to mean village of the bee-keeper.
Early Origins of the Beckertun family
The surname Beckertun was first found in Cheshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Beckertun family
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Beckertun 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 Beckertun have been found, including Bickerton, Bickertown, Beckertoun, Bikerton, Bikarton and many more.
Early Notables of the Beckertun family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beckertun 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 Beckertun, or a variant listed above: Joan Bickerton who settled in Barbados in 1675; George Bickerton settled in Pennsylvania in 1772; John in Philadelphia in 1773; Thomas settled in New England in 1753..
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