Bickerton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Bickerton is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived 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 Bickerton family

The surname Bickerton was first found in Cheshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Bickerton family

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Bickerton 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. Bickerton has been recorded under many different variations, including Bickerton, Bickertown, Beckertoun, Bikerton, Bikarton and many more.

Early Notables of the Bickerton family (pre 1700)

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United States Bickerton migration to the United States +

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 Bickerton or a variant listed above:

Bickerton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Bickerton, who settled in New England in 1753
  • John Bickerton, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1770 [1]
  • George Bickerton, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1772
  • John Bickerton, who settled in Philadelphia in 1773
Bickerton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Bickerton, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [1]

Australia Bickerton migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bickerton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Bickerton, aged 24, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Fatima" [2]
  • Mr. William Bickerton, British convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Cornwall" on 28th February 1851, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [3]

New Zealand Bickerton migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Bickerton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John G. Bickerton, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "St. Leonards" in 1875

West Indies Bickerton migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [4]
Bickerton Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Joan Bickerton who settled in Barbados in 1675

Contemporary Notables of the name Bickerton (post 1700) +

  • William Bickerton (1815-1905), English founder of the Church of Jesus Christ (Bickertonite)
  • Frank Bickerton (1889-1954), English Antarctic explorer, member of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911–1914 and Sir Ernest Shackleton's "Endurance" Expedition (1914-1917)
  • Derek Bickerton (b. 1926), English linguist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu
  • John Bickerton (b. 1969), English professional golfer
  • James Bickerton, Professor of Political Science at St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia
  • Sir Richard Bickerton (1759-1832), 2nd Baronet, British Royal Navy admiral, son of Vice-admiral Sir Richard Bickerton [5]
  • Sir Richard Bickerton (1727-1792), 1st Baronet, British Royal Navy rear admiral, son of a captain in the 4th dragoon guards [5]
  • Arthur Ronald "Wayne" Bickerton (1941-2015), British songwriter, record producer, and music business executive
  • Alexander William Bickerton (1842-1929), first professor of Chemistry at Canterbury College best known for teaching and mentoring Ernest Rutherford

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque FATIMA 1850, 521 tons. Retrieved
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th March 2021). Retrieved from
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  5. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 17 June. 2019 on Facebook
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