Bekells History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The present generation of the Bekells family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in or around the parish of Beckles, in the county of Suffolk.
Early Origins of the Bekells family
The surname Bekells was first found in Suffolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Bekells family
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Bekells Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Bekells include Bekell, Beckles, Beccles, Bekles, Beckle, Beccle, Beckells, Beccells and many more.
Early Notables of the Bekells family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bekells family
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Bekells were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: George Beckles who arrived in Barbados in 1680.