Beechy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Beechy family has descended through the lines of the ancient Normans that came to England following their Conquest of England in 1066. The Beechy name reveals that an early member 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 Beechy family

The surname Beechy 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]

Early History of the Beechy family

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

Beechy Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Beechy family name include Beach, Beche, Beck, Becke, Beache, Bech, Beech and many more.

Early Notables of the Beechy family (pre 1700)

Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beechy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Beechy migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Beechy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Beechy, British convict who was convicted in Warwick, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 29th September 1831, settling in New South Wales, Australia [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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1831
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