Beigh is a name of Anglo-Saxon
origin. It was a name given to a short person. The surname Beigh is derived from the Old English words bas
, meaning low or short
. These words ultimately stem from the Latin word bassus
which means thick or heavy-set
. The surname Beigh may also be a nickname
for someone resembling a fish, or it may be a metonymic
name for someone holding the occupation
Early Origins of the Beigh family
The surname Beigh was first found in Lincolnshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Beigh family
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Beigh Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Beigh were recorded, including Bays, Base, Bayse, Baise and others.
Early Notables of the Beigh family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beigh family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Beigh family emigrate to North America:
Beigh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mrs. Beigh, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)