The lineage of the name Bekley begins with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in Sussex
and Buckingham. The Bekley surname is a habitational name derived from any of various places named Beckley, such as those in Kent
, and Sussex
. The place name Beckley comes from the Old English name becca
with the Old English word leah,
meaning a clearing in the forest.
Early Origins of the Bekley family
The surname Bekley was first found in Sussex
and Buckingham where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Bekley family
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Bekley Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Bekley has undergone many spelling variations
, including Beckley, Beckly, Bistley, Bickley and others.
Early Notables of the Bekley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bekley family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Bekley were among those contributors: Richard Beckley who arrived in Boston Massachusetts in 1637; Sarah Bickley settled in Maryland in 1740; Richard Bickley settled in Virginia in 1624.