Beese History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name is derived from the Old English word "beo," which is modernized as "bee." Accordingly, the name is a nickname for someone who was "busy as a bee."

Early Origins of the Beese family

The surname Beese was first found in Oxfordshire where one of the first records of the name was Walter le Be who was listed there in 1195. A few years later Robert Be was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of Yorkshire in 1198. William le Beo was listed in the Assize Rolls of Somerset in 1243. [1] Later, Alicia Bee was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 and Thomas Bee was in 1447 listed in Northumberland and Durham. [2]

Early History of the Beese family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beese research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1305 and 1756 are included under the topic Early Beese History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Beese Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Beese family name include Bee, Bea, Bie, Bees and others.

Early Notables of the Beese family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Beese family to Ireland

Some of the Beese family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Beese migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Beese surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Beese Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Beese, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1862 [3]
  • James Beese, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1862 [3]
  • Abraham Beese, aged 32, who landed in New York, NY in 1874 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Beese (post 1700) +

  • Artur Beese, German fighter pilot and flying ace in the Luftwaffe, during World War II, credited with 22 aerial victories

  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-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. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook
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