The ancient roots of the Bekay family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Bekay comes from when the family lived in Sussex
and Buckingham. The Bekay 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 Bekay family
The surname Bekay was first found in Sussex
and Buckingham where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Bekay family
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Bekay Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Bekay has appeared include Beckley, Beckly, Bistley, Bickley and others.
Early Notables of the Bekay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bekay family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Bekay arrived in North America very early: Richard Beckley who arrived in Boston Massachusetts in 1637; Sarah Bickley settled in Maryland in 1740; Richard Bickley settled in Virginia in 1624.