The ancestors of the name Bekly date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in Sussex
and Buckingham. The Bekly 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 Bekly family
The surname Bekly was first found in Sussex
and Buckingham where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Bekly family
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Bekly Spelling Variations
Bekly has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Bekly have been found, including Beckley, Beckly, Bistley, Bickley and others.
Early Notables of the Bekly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bekly family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Beklys to arrive on North American shores: Richard Beckley who arrived in Boston Massachusetts in 1637; Sarah Bickley settled in Maryland in 1740; Richard Bickley settled in Virginia in 1624.