The ancient history of the Becksley name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in Sussex
and Buckingham. The Becksley 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 Becksley family
The surname Becksley was first found in Sussex
and Buckingham where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Becksley family
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Becksley Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Becksley include Beckley, Beckly, Bistley, Bickley and others.
Early Notables of the Becksley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Becksley family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Becksley 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.