Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Bekfork is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family 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 Bekfork family
The surname Bekfork 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 Bekfork family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bekfork 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 Bekfork History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bekfork Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Bekfork has been spelled many different ways, including Beckford, Bekford, Beckforth and others.
Early Notables of the Bekfork 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 Bekfork Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bekfork family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Bekforks to arrive in North America: 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 Bekfork 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.