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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.
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
Beckham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Beckham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Beckham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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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