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The surname Beckham was first found in Oxfordshire. While the earliest record of the name lie in this shire, there is a village named Beckingham in the North Kesteven district of Lincolnshire and another village and civil parish in the Bassetlaw district of Nottinghamshire so named.

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Beckham are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Beckham include: Beckingham, Beckinham, Beckington, Beckinton and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beckham research. Another 293 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1510, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Beckham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


More information is included under the topic Early Beckham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Beckham or a variant listed above:

Beckham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Charles Beckham, who landed in Maryland in 1669

Beckham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Josephine Beckham, who landed in America in 1848

Beckham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Beckham, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Marion"

Beckham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Beckham landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1841

  • Tony Beckham (b. 1978), American NFL football player
  • Tim Beckham (b. 1990), American baseball player
  • Lauren Beckham (b. 1984), American personal trainer and figure competitor
  • J. C. W. Beckham (1869-1940), American politician and former Governor of Kentucky and US Senator
  • Gordon Beckham (b. 1986), American baseball player
  • Brice Beckham (b. 1976), American actor
  • Bob Beckham (1927-2013), American country singer and owner of Combine Records
  • John L. Beckham, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Enid, Oklahoma, 1933-37
  • R. E. Beckham, American politician, Mayor of Fort Worth, Texas, 1878-80
  • Rob Beckham (b. 1964), American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 17th District, 2002
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  • Beckham: With Basic Information on William Beckham, William Beckham Jr., Simon Beckham, et al. by Brainard Sherwin Ferrell.
  • Beckhams Beckoning by W. M. Davis.

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    Other References

    1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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    The Beckham Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Beckham 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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