Beckwithey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Beckwithey come from when the family resided at Beckwith in the Yorkshire parish of Pannal, and it is from this location that the name Beckwithey is derived. The distinguished name Beckwithey is derived from the Old English word bece, which means beech, and the Old Norse word vior, which means wood. Thus the surname Beckwithey indicates the proximity of the town to a grove of beech trees. [1] The name of Beckwith is said to have been changed from Malbie in the 12th century. [2]

Early Origins of the Beckwithey family

The surname Beckwithey was first found in Yorkshire, where "most of the armigerous families of the name spring from, and Beckwith, a hamlet in the parish of Pannal, in that county, is probably the cradle of the race. " [2]

Important Dates for the Beckwithey family

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Beckwithey Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Beckwithey has been recorded under many different variations, including Beckwith, Beckworth, Beckworthe and others.

Early Notables of the Beckwithey family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Beckwithey family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Beckwithey or a variant listed above: Sir Marmaduke Beckwith of Aldborough who settled in Richmond County, Virginia in 1748; but he had been preceded by Matthew Beckwith who settled in Connecticut in 1635.

Citations

  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
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