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Early Origins of the Becraft family


The surname Becraft was first found in Yorkshire, where the name is derived from the Old English words "beo" + "croft," (a small field) collectively meaning "dweller at the bee-croft." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print

Another source notes the name could have been derived from a geographical locality as "at the berecroft," or "at the barley-croft." The surname is "evidently a Yorkshire local surname as no instances [were found] in the London church registers printed by the Harleian Society." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

The first records of the family were Walter de Bercroft and Matilda Bercroft who were listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 as holding lands at that time in Yorkshire.

Later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Johannes de Bercroft; and Willelmus de Bercroft. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


Early History of the Becraft family


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Becraft Spelling Variations


The name Becraft, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Beecroft, Becroft, Becraft, Bearcroft and others.

Early Notables of the Becraft family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Becraft family to Ireland


Some of the Becraft family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Becraft family to the New World and Oceana


The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Becraft family, or who bore a variation of the surname Becraft were

Becraft Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Peter W. Becraft, aged 26, who arrived in America, in 1918

Becraft Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Sgt. Gen. Corporal. Benjamin Becraft U.E. (b. 1758) born in Schohaire, New York, USA from Blenheim, Schoharie Valley, New York who settled in Home District, Ancaster Township, Ontario c. 1783 he served in the Indian Department, married Elizabeth Westbrooke between 1790 -1792 they had 4 children, he died 1801 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Contemporary Notables of the name Becraft (post 1700)


  • Carolyn H. Becraft (b. 1944), United States Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) from 1998 to 2001
  • Julius O. Becraft, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1900 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Clarence M. Becraft, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Berrien County 1st District, 1930 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Philip W Becraft, Associate Professor of Zoology & Genetics at Iowa State University

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Citations


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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