Beechey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

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 Beechey family

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

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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Beechey 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:

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 [3]

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. ^ 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
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