The name Begy is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in Sussex
and Buckingham. The Begy surname is a habitational name derived from any of various places named Beckley, such as those in Kent
, and Sussex
. The place name Beckley comes from the Old English name becca
with the Old English word leah,
meaning a clearing in the forest.
Early Origins of the Begy family
The surname Begy was first found in Sussex
and Buckingham where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Begy family
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Begy Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few 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. Begy has been spelled many different ways, including Beckley, Beckly, Bistley, Bickley and others.
Early Notables of the Begy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Begy 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 Begys to arrive in North America: Richard Beckley who arrived in Boston Massachusetts in 1637; Sarah Bickley settled in Maryland in 1740; Richard Bickley settled in Virginia in 1624.