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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.

Beckett Early Origins



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.

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Beckett Spelling Variations


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Beckett Spelling Variations



Beckett has been spelled many different ways, including 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. Becket, Beckett, Beckete, Beckette and others.

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Beckett Early History


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Beckett Early History



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

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Beckett Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Beckett Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 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.

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Beckett In Ireland


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Beckett In Ireland



Some of the Beckett 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



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
  • Stephen Beckett, aged 11, landed in America in 1634
  • John Beckett, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • Tytus Beckett, who landed in Virginia in 1652

Beckett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Beckett, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1721
  • Thomas Beckett, who arrived in Virginia in 1727
  • Giles Beckett, who landed in New England in 1774

Beckett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Percival Beckett, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866

Beckett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • James W Beckett, who arrived in Mississippi in 1904

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, Austraila
  • David Beckett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1849
  • 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
  • William Beckett, aged 38, a gardener, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Caroline"

Beckett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Anne Beckett, aged 20, a housemaid, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
  • Peter Beckett, aged 25, a gardener, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Jane Beckett, aged 24, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • David Beckett, aged 2, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • William Beckett, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Beckett (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Beckett (post 1700)



  • Susan Beckett (b. 1960), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Mississippi, 2004
  • Stewart Beckett, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State Senate 4th District, 2010
  • Jessica L. Beckett, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 2004, 2008
  • George W. Beckett, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1916
  • Edward Ray Beckett Jr. (b. 1935), American politician, Mayor of Athens, Ohio, 1984-87
  • Dan M. Beckett, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1948
  • Clarence B. Beckett, American Republican politician, Mayor of Calais, Maine, 1935
  • Candace Beckett, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1996
  • Benjamin Beckett, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Gloucester County, 1854
  • Ben R. Beckett, American politician, Mayor of Valley Park, Missouri, 1967
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Beckett Historic Events


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Beckett Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Richard James Beckett (1920-1941), Australian Stoker from Port Sorell, Tasmania, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. James Beckett, British Ordinary Seaman from Plymouth, England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Henry Beckett, English Passenger Cook not known where from, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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    The Beckett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beckett 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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