Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Bestwech family lived in one of two places named Beswick. One is located in the township of Berwick, in the parish of Kilnwick, in the East Riding of Yorkshire while the other is in Lancashire, where Berwick was a local to Manchester.
Early Origins of the Bestwech family
Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Bestwech family
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Bestwech Spelling Variations
hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Bestwech are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bestwech include: Beswick, Beswicke, Beswickt, Bestwick, Beeswick, Beswyck and many more.
Early Notables of the Bestwech family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bestwech family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bestwech or a variant listed above: Matthew Bestwick who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1834; James Beswick who settled in Philadelphia in 1856.
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