Bekel is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Bekel family once lived in or around the parish of Beckles, in the county of Suffolk.
Early Origins of the Bekel family
The surname Bekel was first found in Suffolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bekel family
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Bekel Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bekel family name include Bekell, Beckles, Beccles, Bekles, Beckle, Beccle, Beckells, Beccells and many more.
Early Notables of the Bekel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bekel family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Bekel surname or a spelling variation of the name include: George Beckles who arrived in Barbados in 1680.