Beech History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The family name Beech is thought to be of Norman origins. Originally, Beech was a name given to a person who lived near a stream, or a person who lived near a prominent beech tree, or area wooded with beech trees. The two different landmarks were referred to by the same Old English root, beche.

Early Origins of the Beech family

The surname Beech was first found in Hertfordshire where Gosfrid le Beche was sometimes known as Geoffrey de Bec, one of the principal holders and tenant-in-chief of land in that shire as recorded by the Domesday Book in the year 1086. He was from Beche in Normandy and accompanied William the Conqueror into England at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Amongst other villages he also owned Aldenham, Cokenach, Eastwick, Hailey, Lilley, Langley and many others in Hertfordshire.

Robert de Beche, c. 1100, witnessed a charter of William Peveril of Dover and Goisfrid de Bech was a tenant in capite, Hertford, 1086. [1]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Jacob de la Beche, Oxfordshire; Matilda de la Beche, Cambridgeshire; and William de la Beche, Oxfordshire. [2]

Important Dates for the Beech family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beech research. Another 134 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1539 and 1538 are included under the topic Early Beech History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Beech Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Beech have been found, including Beach, Beche, Beck, Becke, Beache, Bech, Beech and many more.

Early Notables of the Beech family (pre 1700)

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Beech migration to the United States

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Beech were among those contributors:

Beech Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Beech, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [3]
  • Ann Beech, who landed in Maryland in 1651 [3]
  • Elias Beech, who arrived in Maryland in 1651 [3]
  • Thomas Beech, who landed in Maryland in 1671 [3]
  • James Beech, who landed in Maryland in 1673 [3]
Beech Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Rebecca Beech, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1772 [3]
Beech Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joh Samuel Beech, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1801 [3]
  • George Beech, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866 [3]

Beech migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Beech Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Benea Beech U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783 [4]
  • Mr. George Beech U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783 [4]
Beech Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Harlow Beech, who arrived in Canada in 1831

Beech migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Beech Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Beech, (b. 1831), aged 22, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Egmont" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 23rd December 1853 [5]
  • Robert Beech, aged 12, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Strathnaver" in 1874
  • Thomas Beech, aged 20, a joiner, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884

Contemporary Notables of the name Beech (post 1700)

  • Matt Beech (b. 1972), American Major League Baseball player
  • Walter Herschel Beech (1891-1950), American pioneer aviator
  • James Beech, American politician, Burgess of East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1927-35 [6]
  • George Beech, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Erie County 7th District, 1934 [6]
  • Albert Edwin Beech (1904-1973), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1940; Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives [6]
  • Kenneth "Kenny" Beech (b. 1958), English footballer
  • W. Graham Beech (d. 1993), English rower
  • Charlie Beech (b. 1987), English rugby union player
  • Albert Beech (1912-1985), English footballer
  • William George Beech (1898-1971), Canadian politician
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  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. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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