The name Bekfeard first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in Gloucestershire
, where they derived their name from the place named Beckford
, which was located about six miles south of Tewesbury. The place-name is derived from the Old English terms becca,
which means stream,
which refers to a place where a river may be crossed by wading. CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
Early Origins of the Bekfeard family
The surname Bekfeard was first found in Gloucestershire
at Beckford, a parish, in the union of Winchcomb, partly in the hundred
of Tibaldstone, and partly in the Upper division of the hundred of Tewkesbury, While technically located in Gloucestershire
, the parish is on the border with Worcestershire
, so some references claim the parish is located there. An ancient Saxon village, the first listing of the pace name was found in 803 as Beccanford. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Beckford is a "parish in Gloucestershire, in which the family first appear in connection with the Abbey of Gloucester in the XII century." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Bekfeard family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bekfeard research.Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1762, 1769, 1887, 1685, 1643, 1710, 1702, 1672, 1735, 1709, 1770, 1762 and 1769 are included under the topic Early Bekfeard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bekfeard Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Bekfeard has appeared include Beckford, Bekford, Beckforth and others.
Early Notables of the Bekfeard family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Major Sir Thomas Beckford (d. 1685), a London clothworker and slopseller who became Sheriff of London; and Colonel Peter Beckford (1643-1710), Governor of Jamaica in 1702; when he died suddenly, he was the wealthiest planter
in Jamaica... Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bekfeard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bekfeard family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Bekfeard arrived in North America very early: John Beckford who settled in Jamaica in 1774; Edward Beckford who settled in Jamaica in 1661; Elizabeth Beckford settled in Maryland in 1677; and the aforementioned Peter Beckford who arrived in Jamaica in 1690. In Newfoundland, Robert Beckford was a boat keeper of St. John's in 1681.
The Bekfeard Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: De Dieu Tout
Motto Translation: From God everything.