The ancient Normans
that arrived in England
following the Conquest of 1066 are the initial ancestors from which the many generations of the Beechey family have grown. The name Beechey was given to a member of the family who was 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 Beechey family
The surname Beechey 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.
Early History of the Beechey family
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Beechey Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Beechey has been recorded under many different variations, including Beach, Beche, Beck, Becke, Beache, Bech, Beech and many more.
Early Notables of the Beechey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beechey family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Beechey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Christopher Beechey, aged 28, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
- Hannah Beechey, aged 30, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
- Elizabeth Beechey, aged 6, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
- Rose L. Beechey, aged 4, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
- Christopher Beechey, aged 2, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
Contemporary Notables of the name Beechey (post 1700)
- The Revd. Canon St. Vincent Beechey (1806-1899), English Vicar and founder of Rossall School
- Frederick William Beechey (1796-1856), English naval officer and explorer
- Sir William Beechey (1753-1839), English painter
- Richard Brydges Beechey (1808-1895), Anglo-Irish painter and naval officer
Historic Events for the Beechey family
HMS Royal Oak
- Arthur Charles Beechey (1919-1939), British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html