The name Beckete is an ancient Anglo-Saxon
name that was 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, Beckete 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, Beckete 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,
bee, and cot,
which means cottage
The name of the Devon
settlement has the Old English personal name Bicca,
which is probably derived from becca,
which means pickaxe
as its first element.
Early Origins of the Beckete family
The surname Beckete was first found in Norfolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Beckete family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beckete research.Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1653, 1719 and are included under the topic Early Beckete History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Beckete Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Beckete has undergone many spelling variations
, including Becket, Beckett, Beckete, Beckette and others.
Early Notables of the Beckete family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beckete family to Ireland
Some of the Beckete 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.
Migration of the Beckete family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Beckete were among those contributors: John Becket who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1683; was a shipwright and had a large family. Mary Becket settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1623.