The ancestors of the name Bekell date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Bekell family lived in or around the parish of Beckles, in the county of Suffolk.
Early Origins of the Bekell family
The surname Bekell was first found in Suffolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bekell family
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Bekell Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Bekell are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bekell include: Bekell, Beckles, Beccles, Bekles, Beckle, Beccle, Beckells, Beccells and many more.
Early Notables of the Bekell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bekell family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bekell or a variant listed above: George Beckles who arrived in Barbados in 1680.