name Peckitt comes from its first bearer, who was a person with a prominent nose. The Old English word beke
refers to the beak of a bird. More rarely, Peckitt may be a local
type surname, referring to someone who lived beside a stream. The surname in this case is derived from the Northern Old English word bekke,
which means stream
and is derived from the Old Norse word bekkr.
Also, Peckitt may be a local
surname referring to settlements called Beckett
in Berkshire and Devon
. The Berkshire settlement takes its name from the Old English words beo,
bee, and cot,
which means cottage
The name of the Devon
settlement has the Old English personal name Bicca,
which is probably derived from becca,
which means pickaxe
as its first element.
Early Origins of the Peckitt family
The surname Peckitt was first found in Norfolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Peckitt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Peckitt research.Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1653, 1719 and are included under the topic Early Peckitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Peckitt Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Peckitt has been spelled many different ways, including Becket, Beckett, Beckete, Beckette and others.
Early Notables of the Peckitt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Peckitt family to Ireland
Some of the Peckitt family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 113 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Peckitt family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Peckitts to arrive in North America: John Becket who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1683; was a shipwright and had a large family. Mary Becket settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1623.