The origins of the Becklay name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in Sussex
and Buckingham. The Becklay surname is a habitational name derived from any of various places named Beckley, such as those in Kent
, and Sussex
. The place name Beckley comes from the Old English name becca
with the Old English word leah,
meaning a clearing in the forest.
Early Origins of the Becklay family
The surname Becklay was first found in Sussex
and Buckingham where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Becklay family
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Becklay Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Becklay were recorded, including Beckley, Beckly, Bistley, Bickley and others.
Early Notables of the Becklay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Becklay family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Becklay family emigrate to North America: Richard Beckley who arrived in Boston Massachusetts in 1637; Sarah Bickley settled in Maryland in 1740; Richard Bickley settled in Virginia in 1624.