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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.

Beech Early Origins



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.

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Beech Spelling Variations


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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.

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Beech Early History


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Beech Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beech research. Another 267 words (19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beech History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Beech Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Beech Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Beech 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



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
  • Ann Beech, who landed in Maryland in 1651
  • Elias Beech, who arrived in Maryland in 1651
  • Thomas Beech, who landed in Maryland in 1671
  • James Beech, who landed in Maryland in 1673

Beech Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Rebecca Beech, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1772

Beech Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joh Samuel Beech, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1801
  • George Beech, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866

Beech Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Benea Beech U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783 [1]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
  • Mr. George Beech U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783 [1]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

Beech Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Harlow Beech, who arrived in Canada in 1831

Beech Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Beech, aged 12, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Strathnaver" in 1874
  • Thomas Beech, aged 20, a joiner, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884

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Contemporary Notables of the name Beech (post 1700)


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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
  • George Beech, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Erie County 7th District, 1934
  • Albert Edwin Beech (1904-1973), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1940; Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives
  • 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


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  1. ^ 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

Other References

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  2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  11. ...

The Beech Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beech 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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