The name Beswicke has a long Anglo-Saxon
heritage. The name comes from when a 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 Beswicke family
The surname Beswicke 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 Beswicke family
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Beswicke Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Beswicke have been found, including Beswick, Beswicke, Beswickt, Bestwick, Beeswick, Beswyck and many more.
Early Notables of the Beswicke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beswicke family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Beswicke, or a variant listed above: Matthew Bestwick who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1834; James Beswick who settled in Philadelphia in 1856.