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The name Bickerstaff belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in or near the village of Bickerstaffe, which was located near Ormskirk in the county of Lancashire.

Bickerstaff Early Origins



The surname Bickerstaff was first found in Lancashire, at Bickerstaffe, a village and civil parish in the West Lancashire district. The village dates back to at least the 12th century when it was listed as Bikerstad and literally meant "landing place of the bee-keepers" from the Old English words bicere + staeth. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
However, another reference claims the name came from the Old English word "bicker," meaning to skirmish or contend, as in bicker-staff, a weapon analogous to a quarter-staff. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
This latter interpretation only occurs once through our research library and is mentioned here for reference purposes only as the former interpretation is more likely.

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Bickerstaff Spelling Variations


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Bickerstaff Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Bickerstaff include Bickerstaffe, Bickerstaff, Bickerstath, Bickerstathe, Bickersteth and many more.

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Bickerstaff Early History


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Bickerstaff Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bickerstaff research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1639, 1714, 1685, 1713 and are included under the topic Early Bickerstaff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bickerstaff Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bickerstaff Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bickerstaff Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bickerstaff In Ireland


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Bickerstaff In Ireland



Some of the Bickerstaff family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Bickerstaff were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Bickerstaff Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Sarah Bickerstaff who settled in Pennsylvania in 1682
  • Sarah Bickerstaff, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682

Bickerstaff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Bickerstaff, aged 23, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1892

Bickerstaff Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Isaac Bickerstaff, aged 42, who emigrated to America from Antrim, in 1903
  • Harriet Bickerstaff, aged 25, who landed in America from Belfast, in 1906
  • Alexander Bickerstaff, aged 19, who settled in America from Rathfriland, England, in 1907
  • Elizabeth Bickerstaff, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Belfast, Ireland, in 1908
  • John Bickerstaff, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Down, Ireland, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bickerstaff (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bickerstaff (post 1700)



  • Steve Bickerstaff (b. 1946), American professor of law at the University of Texas Law School in Austin, Texas
  • Melrose Bickerstaff (b. 1983), American fashion model and fashion designer known as Melrose
  • Erik Bickerstaff (b. 1980), American football running back and fullback
  • Edwin Bickerstaff (1920-2008), American neurologist, eponym of Bickerstaff's encephalitis and Bickerstaff's migraine
  • Bernard Tyrone "Bernie" Bickerstaff (b. 1944), American assistant coach for the NBA Los Angeles Lakers
  • Matt Bickerstaff (b. 1976), Australian rugby league player from Sydney, New South Wales
  • Isaac Bickerstaff (1733-1812), Irish playwright

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  11. ...

The Bickerstaff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bickerstaff Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 25 September 2013 at 10:16.

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