Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Beeswake is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in one of two places named Beswick. One is located in the township of Berwick, in the parish of Kilnwick, in the East Riding of Yorkshire while the other is in Lancashire, where Berwick was a local to Manchester.
Early Origins of the Beeswake family
Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Beeswake family
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Beeswake Spelling Variations
hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Beeswake has been spelled many different ways, including Beswick, Beswicke, Beswickt, Bestwick, Beeswick, Beswyck and many more.
Early Notables of the Beeswake family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beeswake family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Beeswakes to arrive in North America: Matthew Bestwick who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1834; James Beswick who settled in Philadelphia in 1856.
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