Beckett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Beckett family lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Beckett was a name given to a person with a prominent nose. The Old English word beke refers to the beak of a bird. More rarely, Beckett 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, Beckett 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.

Early Origins of the Beckett family

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

Early History of the Beckett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beckett research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1653, 1719, 1684, 1738, 1653, 1719, 1653 and are included under the topic Early Beckett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Beckett Spelling Variations

Beckett has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Beckett have been found, including Becket, Beckett, Beckete, Beckette and others.

Early Notables of the Beckett family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Isaac Beckett (1653-1719), an English mezzotint engraver from Kent; one of the first practitioners of the art in England. William Becket (1684-1738), the English surgeon...
Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beckett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Beckett family to Ireland

Some of the Beckett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 63 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Beckett migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Becketts to arrive on North American shores:

Beckett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mary Beckett, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1623 [1]
  • Stephen Beckett, aged 11, who landed in America in 1634 [1]
  • John Beckett, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [1]
  • Tytus Beckett, who landed in Virginia in 1652 [1]
Beckett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Beckett, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1721 [1]
  • Thomas Beckett, who arrived in Virginia in 1727 [1]
  • Giles Beckett, who landed in New England in 1774 [1]
Beckett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Percival Beckett, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866 [1]
Beckett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • James W Beckett, who arrived in Mississippi in 1904 [1]

Australia Beckett migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Beckett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Rachael Beckett, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]
  • David Beckett, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1849 [3]
  • Ann Jane Beckett, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]
  • William Beckett, aged 38, a gardener, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Caroline" [5]

New Zealand Beckett migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Beckett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Catharine Beckett, (b. 1825), aged 28, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Egmont" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 23rd December 1853 [6]
  • Mr. Edmund Beckett, (b. 1825), aged 28, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Egmont" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 23rd December 1853 [6]
  • Miss Catharine Beckett, (b. 1846), aged 7, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Egmont" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 23rd December 1853 [6]
  • Miss Mary Beckett, (b. 1849), aged 4, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Egmont" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 23rd December 1853 [6]
  • Mr. Richard Beckett, (b. 1852), aged 1, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Egmont" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 23rd December 1853 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Beckett (post 1700) +

  • Susan Beckett (b. 1960), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Mississippi, 2004 [7]
  • Stewart Beckett, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State Senate 4th District, 2010 [7]
  • Jessica L. Beckett, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 2004, 2008 [7]
  • George W. Beckett, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1916 [7]
  • Edward Ray Beckett Jr. (b. 1935), American politician, Mayor of Athens, Ohio, 1984-87 [7]
  • Dan M. Beckett, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1948 [7]
  • Clarence B. Beckett, American Republican politician, Mayor of Calais, Maine, 1935 [7]
  • Candace Beckett, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1996 [7]
  • Benjamin Beckett, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Gloucester County, 1854 [7]
  • Ben R. Beckett, American politician, Mayor of Valley Park, Missouri, 1967 [7]
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Mr. Desmond William Beckett (1917-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Te Puke, North Island, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; he died in the crash [8]
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Richard James Beckett (1920-1941), Australian Stoker from Port Sorell, Tasmania, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [9]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. James Beckett, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [10]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Henry Beckett, English Passenger Cook from an unknown location who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [11]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1835 with 132 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1835
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Navarino.htm
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1851 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1851
  5. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 26th April 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Caroline 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/caroline1855.shtml
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Mount Erebus, Memorial, Roll of Remembrance (Retrieved 2018, February 21st). Retrieved from http://www.erebus.co.nz/memorialandawards/rollofremembrance.aspx
  9. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  10. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  11. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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