Bikerstathe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestors of the name Bikerstathe date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence 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 Bikerstathe family
The surname Bikerstathe 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 Bikerstathe family
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Bikerstathe Spelling Variations
Bikerstathe has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Bikerstathe have been found, including Bickerstaffe, Bickerstaff, Bickerstath, Bickerstathe, Bickersteth and many more.
Early Notables of the Bikerstathe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bikerstathe family to Ireland
Some of the Bikerstathe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Bikerstathe family
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bikerstathes to arrive on North American shores: Sarah Bickerstaff who settled in Pennsylvania in 1682.
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- ^ '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)
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.