Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Beksley is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Sussex
and Buckingham. The Beksley 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 Beksley family
The surname Beksley was first found in Sussex
and Buckingham where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Beksley family
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Beksley 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. Beksley has been spelled many different ways, including Beckley, Beckly, Bistley, Bickley and others.
Early Notables of the Beksley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beksley 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 Beksleys to arrive in North America: Richard Beckley who arrived in Boston Massachusetts in 1637; Sarah Bickley settled in Maryland in 1740; Richard Bickley settled in Virginia in 1624.