Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name given to a person with a prominent nose. The Old English word beke refers to the beak of a bird. More rarely, Bekett 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, Bekett 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, which means bee, and cot, which means cottage or shelter. The name of the Devon settlement has the Old English personal name Bicca, which is probably derived from becca, which means pickaxe or mattock, as its first element.
Early Origins of the Bekett family
Norfolk and Cheshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Bekett family
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Bekett Spelling Variations
hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Bekett include Becket, Beckett, Beckete, Beckette and others.
Early Notables of the Bekett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bekett family to Ireland
Some of the Bekett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Bekett family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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.
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