Beckitt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Beckitt is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for a person with a prominent nose. The Old English word beke refers to the beak of a bird. More rarely, Beckitt 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, Beckitt 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.
Early Origins of the Beckitt family
The surname Beckitt was first found in Norfolk and Cheshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Beckitt family
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Beckitt Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Beckitt have been found, including Becket, Beckett, Beckete, Beckette and others.
Early Notables of the Beckitt family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Isaac Beckett (1653-1719), an English mezzotint engraver from Kent; one of the first practitioners of the art in England.
William Becket (1684-1738), the English surgeon...
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Migration of the Beckitt family to Ireland
Some of the Beckitt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Beckitt migration to the United States +
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become powerful new nations. Among early immigrants of the Beckitt surname to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:
Beckitt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Thomas Beckitt, who landed in Georgia in 1741 
Related Stories +
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)