The roots of the Anglo-Saxon
name Beckforthay come from when the family resided in Gloucestershire
, where they derived their name from the place named Beckford
, which was located about six miles south of Tewesbury. The place-name is derived from the Old English terms becca,
which means stream,
which refers to a place where a river may be crossed by wading. CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
Early Origins of the Beckforthay family
The surname Beckforthay was first found in Gloucestershire
at Beckford, a parish, in the union of Winchcomb, partly in the hundred
of Tibaldstone, and partly in the Upper division of the hundred of Tewkesbury, While technically located in Gloucestershire
, the parish is on the border with Worcestershire
, so some references claim the parish is located there. An ancient Saxon village, the first listing of the pace name was found in 803 as Beccanford. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Beckford is a "parish in Gloucestershire, in which the family first appear in connection with the Abbey of Gloucester in the XII century." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Beckforthay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beckforthay research.Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1762, 1769, 1887, 1685, 1643, 1710, 1702, 1672, 1735, 1709, 1770, 1762 and 1769 are included under the topic Early Beckforthay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Beckforthay Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Beckforthay has been recorded under many different variations, including Beckford, Bekford, Beckforth and others.
Early Notables of the Beckforthay family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Major Sir Thomas Beckford (d. 1685), a London clothworker and slopseller who became Sheriff of London; and Colonel Peter Beckford (1643-1710), Governor of Jamaica in 1702; when he died suddenly, he was the wealthiest planter
in Jamaica... Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beckforthay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Beckforthay family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Beckforthay or a variant listed above: John Beckford who settled in Jamaica in 1774; Edward Beckford who settled in Jamaica in 1661; Elizabeth Beckford settled in Maryland in 1677; and the aforementioned Peter Beckford who arrived in Jamaica in 1690. In Newfoundland, Robert Beckford was a boat keeper of St. John's in 1681.
The Beckforthay Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: De Dieu Tout
Motto Translation: From God everything.