Beckslay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestry of the name Beckslay dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in Sussex and Buckingham. The Beckslay surname is a habitational name derived from any of various places named Beckley, such as those in Kent, Oxfordshire, 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 Beckslay family
The surname Beckslay was first found in Sussex and Buckingham where they held a family seat from early times.
Early History of the Beckslay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beckslay research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1661 and 1438 are included under the topic Early Beckslay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Beckslay 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 Beckslay have been found, including Beckley, Beckly, Bistley, Bickley and others.
Early Notables of the Beckslay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beckslay family
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 for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Beckslay, or a variant listed above: Richard Beckley who arrived in Boston Massachusetts in 1637; Sarah Bickley settled in Maryland in 1740; Richard Bickley settled in Virginia in 1624.
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