The name Begett is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It was a name for someone who was a person with a prominent nose. The Old English word beke
refers to the beak of a bird. More rarely, Begett may be a local
type surname, referring to someone who lived beside a stream. The surname in this case is derived from the Northern Old English word bekke,
which means stream
and is derived from the Old Norse word bekkr.
Also, Begett may be a local
surname referring to settlements called Beckett
in Berkshire and Devon
. The Berkshire settlement takes its name from the Old English words beo,
bee, and cot,
which means cottage
The name of the Devon
settlement has the Old English personal name Bicca,
which is probably derived from becca,
which means pickaxe
as its first element.
Early Origins of the Begett family
The surname Begett was first found in Norfolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Begett family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Begett research.Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1653, 1719 and are included under the topic Early Begett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Begett Spelling Variations
Begett has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Begett have been found, including Becket, Beckett, Beckete, Beckette and others.
Early Notables of the Begett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Begett family to Ireland
Some of the Begett family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 113 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Begett family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Begetts to arrive on North American shores: John Becket who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1683; was a shipwright and had a large family. Mary Becket settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1623.