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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.

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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.

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.


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

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More information is included under the topic Early Beechey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Beechey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Christopher Beechey, aged 28, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
  • Hannah Beechey, aged 30, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
  • Elizabeth Beechey, aged 6, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
  • Rose L. Beechey, aged 4, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
  • Christopher Beechey, aged 2, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
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  • 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
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    9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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