Beckworthy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Beckworthy is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived at Beckwith in the Yorkshire parish of Pannal, and it is from this location that the name Beckworthy is derived. The distinguished name Beckworthy is derived from the Old English word bece, which means beech, and the Old Norse word vior, which means wood. Thus the surname Beckworthy indicates the proximity of the town to a grove of beech trees.  The name of Beckwith is said to have been changed from Malbie in the 12th century. 
Early Origins of the Beckworthy family
The surname Beckworthy 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. " 
Early History of the Beckworthy family
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Beckworthy Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Beckworthy family name include Beckwith, Beckworth, Beckworthe and others.
Early Notables of the Beckworthy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beckworthy family
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Beckworthy surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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.
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The Beckworthy 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
- ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.