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In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Beckworth surname lived at Beckwith in the Yorkshire parish of Pannal, and it is from this location that the name Beckworth is derived. The distinguished name Beckworth is derived from the Old English word bece, which means beech, and the Old Norse word vior, which means wood. Thus the surname Beckworth indicates the proximity of the town to a grove of beech trees. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
The name of Beckwith is said to have been changed from Malbie in the 12th century. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


Beckworth Early Origins



The surname Beckworth 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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Beckworth Spelling Variations


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Beckworth Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Beckworth are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Beckworth include: Beckwith, Beckworth, Beckworthe and others.

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Beckworth Early History


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Beckworth Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beckworth research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beckworth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Beckworth Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Beckworth Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Beckworth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Beckworth or a variant listed above:

Beckworth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Beckworth settled in Maryland in 1633
  • Thomas Beckworth, who arrived in Maryland in 1633

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Contemporary Notables of the name Beckworth (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Beckworth (post 1700)



  • Raymond Beckworth, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Georgia 1st District, 1994
  • Lindley Garrison Beckworth Sr. (1913-1984), American Democrat politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives, 1937-38; U.S. Representative from Texas 3rd District, 1939-53, 1957-67
  • John T. Beckworth, American politician, Mayor of Mineral Wells, Texas, 1954
  • Fred N. Beckworth, American politician, Mayor of Dover, New Hampshire, 1917

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Jouir en bien
Motto Translation: To enjoy innocent


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  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.

Other References

  1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
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The Beckworth Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beckworth Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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