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Where did the English Beechey family come from? What is the English Beechey family crest and coat of arms? When did the Beechey family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Beechey family history?

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.


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.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beechey research. Another 201 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beechey History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


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


  • Sir William Beechey (1753-1839), English painter
  • Frederick William Beechey (1796-1856), English naval officer and explorer
  • The Revd. Canon St. Vincent Beechey (1806-1899), English Vicar and founder of Rossall School
  • Richard Brydges Beechey (1808-1895), Anglo-Irish painter and naval officer


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