Beckstead History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Beckstead family

The surname Beckstead was first found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in Amsterdam, an ancient 13th century town held by the Lords of Amstel. Giesebrecht II built a castle there. Geisbrecht III built the dam to keep out the sea. It is first mentioned in charters of 1275 when Floris IV, the count of Holland granted its charter. It became a city of great mercantile wealth. It hold great treasures of art. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into a most influential family.

Early History of the Beckstead family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beckstead research. Another 74 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beckstead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Beckstead Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Becks, Beccks, Beckks, Becs, Beks, Beckes, Beckess, Beckks and many more.

Early Notables of the Beckstead family (pre 1700)

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United States Beckstead migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Beckstead Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Margaret Beckstead, who arrived in Utah in 1848
  • Cathrine L. Beckstead, who arrived in Utah in 1849
  • Gordan Silas Beckstead, who arrived in Utah in 1849

Contemporary Notables of the name Beckstead (post 1700) +

  • Alex Beckstead, American film director and producer
  • Ian Beckstead (b. 1957), Canadian CFL football player who played from 1981 to 1992 for the Toronto Argonauts and the Ottawa Rough Riders, awarded the Leo Dandurand Trophy in 1988

Empress of Ireland
  • Adjutant Jane Etta Elizabeth Beckstead (1871-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [1]


  1. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html


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