Bickersteth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The present generation of the Bickersteth family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in or near the village of Bickerstaffe, which was located near Ormskirk in the county of Lancashire. "In 1066 Bickerstaffe, under the name of Achetun, was one of the manors of Uctred, lord of Roby."  One of the first records of the family was Adam de Bickerstath whose son Ralph, held manor in 1212. "Adam de Bickerstath's name frequently appears in charters and other public acts of the time." 
Early Origins of the Bickersteth family
The surname Bickersteth 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.  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.  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.
Early History of the Bickersteth family
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Bickersteth 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 Bickersteth include Bickerstaffe, Bickerstaff, Bickerstath, Bickerstathe, Bickersteth and many more.
Early Notables of the Bickersteth family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bickersteth family to Ireland
Some of the Bickersteth family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Bickersteth family
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 Bickersteth were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Sarah Bickerstaff who settled in Pennsylvania in 1682.
Contemporary Notables of the name Bickersteth (post 1700) +
- Henry Bickersteth (1783-1851), 1st Baron Langdale, English law reformer and Master of the Rolls, brother of Edward Bickersteth 
- Edward Bickersteth (1786-1850), English evangelical clergyman, fourth son of Henry Bickersteth, surgeon, of Kirkby Lonsdale, Westmorland 
- John Monier Bickersteth KCVO (1921-2018), English Anglican prelate, Bishop of Bath and Wells from 1975 to 1986, and Clerk of the Closet from 1979-1989
- Robert Bickersteth (1857-1884), English divine, Bishop of Ripon, fourth son of the Rev. John Bickersteth, rector of Sapcote, Leicestershire 
Related Stories +
- ^ 'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol3/pp265-276 [accessed 21 January 2017].
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 17 June. 2019