The origins of the Bekertoun name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in one of several places named Bickerton. Bickerton is the name of various townships in the parish of Malpas in Cheshire
in the parish of Rothburg in Northumberland
, and in the parish of Bilton, in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The toponym Bickerton
is derived from the Old English beocere,
which means bee-keeper,
and tun, which originally denoted a fence or enclosure. However this came to mean enclosure round a house, homestead, village or town
at an early date. Thus the name can be understood to mean village of the bee-keeper.
Early Origins of the Bekertoun family
The surname Bekertoun was first found in Cheshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Bekertoun family
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Bekertoun 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 Bekertoun were recorded, including Bickerton, Bickertown, Beckertoun, Bikerton, Bikarton and many more.
Early Notables of the Bekertoun family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bekertoun 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 Bekertoun family emigrate to North America: Joan Bickerton who settled in Barbados in 1675; George Bickerton settled in Pennsylvania in 1772; John in Philadelphia in 1773; Thomas settled in New England