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Where did the English Beckham family come from? What is the English Beckham family crest and coat of arms? When did the Beckham family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Beckham family history?


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.

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.


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.


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


Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. 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
  • Barry Beckham (b. 1944), American novelist, publisher and college teacher
  • Victoria Beckham (b. 1974), English pop singer who is married to David Beckham
  • David Robert Joseph Beckham OBE (b. 1975), English former footballer, twice runner-up for FIFA World Player of the Year, the world's highest-paid footballer in 2004, the first British footballer to play 100 Champions League matches


  • 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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The Beckham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com 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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