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The Anglo-Saxon name Bekslay comes from when the family resided in Sussex and Buckingham. The Bekslay surname is a habitational name derived from any of various places named Beckley, such as those in Kent, Oxfordshire, 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.

Bekslay Early Origins



The surname Bekslay was first found in Sussex and Buckingham where they held a family seat from early times.

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Bekslay Spelling Variations


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Bekslay Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Bekslay has been recorded under many different variations, including Beckley, Beckly, Bistley, Bickley and others.

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Bekslay Early History


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Bekslay Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bekslay research. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1661 and 1438 are included under the topic Early Bekslay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bekslay Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bekslay Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bekslay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bekslay or a variant listed above: Richard Beckley who arrived in Boston Massachusetts in 1637; Sarah Bickley settled in Maryland in 1740; Richard Bickley settled in Virginia in 1624.

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