The roots of the Anglo-Saxon
name Bickerstum come from when the family resided in one of several places named Bickerton. Bickerton is the name of various townships in the parish of Malpas in Cheshire
in the parish of Rothburg in Northumberland
, and in the parish of Bilton, in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The toponym Bickerton
is derived from the Old English beocere,
which means bee-keeper,
and tun, which originally denoted a fence or enclosure. However this came to mean enclosure round a house, homestead, village or town
at an early date. Thus the name can be understood to mean village of the bee-keeper.
Early Origins of the Bickerstum family
The surname Bickerstum was first found in Cheshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Bickerstum family
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Bickerstum Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Bickerstum has been recorded under many different variations, including Bickerton, Bickertown, Beckertoun, Bikerton, Bikarton and many more.
Early Notables of the Bickerstum family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bickerstum family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bickerstum or a variant listed above: Joan Bickerton who settled in Barbados in 1675; George Bickerton settled in Pennsylvania in 1772; John in Philadelphia in 1773; Thomas settled in New England
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