Show ContentsBestwick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient history of the Bestwick name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided 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 Bestwick family

The surname Bestwick was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Bestwick family

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Bestwick Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Bestwick include Beswick, Beswicke, Beswickt, Bestwick, Beeswick, Beswyck and many more.

Early Notables of the Bestwick family

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United States Bestwick migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bestwick or a variant listed above:

Bestwick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Matthew Bestwick who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1834

Australia Bestwick migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bestwick Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Bestwick, English convict who was convicted in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England for 6 years, transported aboard the "Edwin Fox" on 24th August 1858, arriving in Western Australia, Australia 1

Contemporary Notables of the name Bestwick (post 1700) +

  • Sergeant Major Wilbur Bestwick (1911-1972), American marine from Sabetha, Kansas, the first Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps (1957-1959)
  • Allen Bestwick (b. 1961), American sportscaster who currently works for ESPN and ABC as a motorsports, and formerly a college football, broadcaster
  • Dick Bestwick (1930-2018), American football coach, scout, and college athletics administrator
  • Robert Saxton Bestwick (1899-1980), English first-class cricketer from Heanor, Derbyshire, who played for Derbyshire between 1920 and 1922, son of Billy Bestwick
  • Harold "Harry" Bestwick, English footballer from Derby who played in the Football League for Derby County (1888-1889)
  • William "Billy" Bestwick (1875-1938), English cricketer who played for Derbyshire between 1898 and 1926, known as a "bad boy" of cricket

  1. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th January 2022). Retrieved from on Facebook