The origins of the Beswake name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the 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
Early Origins of the Beswake family
The surname Beswake 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 Beswake family
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Beswake Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Beswake were recorded, including Beswick, Beswicke, Beswickt, Bestwick, Beeswick, Beswyck and many more.
Early Notables of the Beswake family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beswake family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Beswake family emigrate to North America: Matthew Bestwick who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1834; James Beswick who settled in Philadelphia in 1856.