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Becket is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name. It was a name given to a person who was a person with a prominent nose. The Old English word beke refers to the beak of a bird. More rarely, Becket 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, Becket 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, which means bee, and cot, which means cottage or shelter. The name of the Devon settlement has the Old English personal name Bicca, which is probably derived from becca, which means pickaxe or mattock, as its first element.

Becket Early Origins



The surname Becket was first found in Norfolk and Cheshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Becket Spelling Variations


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Becket Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Becket has appeared include Becket, Beckett, Beckete, Beckette and others.

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Becket Early History


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Becket Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Becket research. Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1653, 1719 and are included under the topic Early Becket History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Becket Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Becket Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Becket Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Becket In Ireland


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Becket In Ireland



Some of the Becket 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Becket arrived in North America very early:

Becket Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mary Becket, who landed in Massachusetts in 1621
  • Mary Becket settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1623
  • Tytus Becket settled in Virginia in 1652
  • John Becket settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Samuel Becket, who arrived in Maryland in 1674
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Becket Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Francois Becket, who arrived in Louisiana in 1718
  • Guillaume Becket, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719

Becket Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Scud DeHarts Becket, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Francis Becket, who landed in New York, NY in 1834
  • Claudius C Becket, who landed in New York, NY in 1836
  • Mr. Becket, who arrived in Texas in 1844
  • Claudius G Becket, who landed in New York in 1847
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Becket Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Becket was a proprietor and occupier of a fishing room in Old Perlican, Newfoundland in 1800
  • Thomas Becket settled in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in 1808

Becket Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Janet Becket, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Amphitrite" on August 21, 1833, settling in New South Wales, Australia

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Contemporary Notables of the name Becket (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Becket (post 1700)



  • George C. Becket, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from New Britain, 1918
  • Welton Becket (1902-1969), American architect
  • Isaac Becket (1653-1719), English engraver

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    6. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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    The Becket Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Becket Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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