The name Becksly belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons
. It is a product of their having lived in Sussex
and Buckingham. The Becksly 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 Becksly family
The surname Becksly was first found in Sussex
and Buckingham where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Becksly family
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Becksly Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Becksly include Beckley, Beckly, Bistley, Bickley and others.
Early Notables of the Becksly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Becksly family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Becksly were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Richard Beckley who arrived in Boston Massachusetts in 1637; Sarah Bickley settled in Maryland in 1740; Richard Bickley settled in Virginia in 1624.