The name Bekete has a history dating as far back as the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person with a prominent nose. The Old English word beke
refers to the beak of a bird. More rarely, Bekete may be a local
type surname, referring to someone who lived beside a stream. The surname in this case is derived from the Northern Old English word bekke,
which means stream
and is derived from the Old Norse word bekkr.
Also, Bekete may be a local
surname referring to settlements called Beckett
in Berkshire and Devon
. The Berkshire settlement takes its name from the Old English words beo,
bee, and cot,
which means cottage
The name of the Devon
settlement has the Old English personal name Bicca,
which is probably derived from becca,
which means pickaxe
as its first element.
Early Origins of the Bekete family
The surname Bekete was first found in Norfolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Bekete family
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Bekete Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bekete have been found, including Becket, Beckett, Beckete, Beckette and others.
Early Notables of the Bekete family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bekete family to Ireland
Some of the Bekete family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 113 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bekete family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Bekete, or a variant listed above: John Becket who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1683; was a shipwright and had a large family. Mary Becket settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1623.