Show ContentsBeezley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Beezley is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in Beesley, in the county of Lancashire. [1] The place name literally means 'woodland clearing' having derived from the Old English beos 'bent grass' + leah. [2]

However, one source claims the family came from Baslow, a chapelry, in the parish and union of Bakewell, hundred of High Peak in Derbyshire. [3]

Early Origins of the Beezley family

The surname Beezley was first found in Lancashire where Thomas de Besleg was listed in the Assize Rolls for 1246. [1]

While this is the generally accepted place of origin, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had no mention of the family there in later years, as these rolls listed Hugh filius Basilie, Nottinghamshire; Alan Basel, Cambridgeshire; Richard Baseli, Oxfordshire; John Basely, Cambridgeshire; and Michael Basely, Buckinghamshire. [3]

Early History of the Beezley family

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Beezley Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Beezley are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Beezley include: Beazley, Beasley, Beasely, Beesely, Beesley, Bezley, Beasey and many more.

Early Notables of the Beezley family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: George Beesley or Bisley (d. 1591), English Catholic missioner, born at a place called the Mount, in Goosnargh parish, in Lancashire. "Ordained priest in 1587 he was sent upon the English mission in 1588. Falling into the hands of the persecutors he was so frequently tortured by the notorious Topcliffe...
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Ireland Migration of the Beezley family to Ireland

Some of the Beezley 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 Beezley migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Beezley or a variant listed above:

Beezley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ann Beezley, who settled in New England in 1754
Beezley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • George E. Beezley, aged 59, originally from Hatfield, England, who arrived in New York in 1913 aboard the ship "Carmania" from Liverpool, England [4]
  • Ernest Beezley, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "President Wilson" from Marseilles, France [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Beezley (post 1700) +

  • Marty Beezley, American politician, Mayor of Pittsburg, Kansas, 2011-12 [5]
  • Linda Beezley, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Arizona State House of Representatives, 1991-94 [5]
  • Frank Beezley, American horse rancher, eponym of Beezley Hills, Washington
  • Donald Beezley, American politician, Member of the Colorado House of Representatives (2011-2012)

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from on Facebook