Pekworth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Pekworth surname lived at Beckwith in the Yorkshire parish of Pannal, and it is from this location that the name Pekworth is derived. The distinguished name Pekworth is derived from the Old English word bece, which means beech, and the Old Norse word vior, which means wood. Thus the surname Pekworth indicates the proximity of the town to a grove of beech trees. [1] The name of Beckwith is said to have been changed from Malbie in the 12th century. [2]

Early Origins of the Pekworth family

The surname Pekworth was first found in Yorkshire, where "most of the armigerous families of the name spring from, and Beckwith, a hamlet in the parish of Pannal, in that county, is probably the cradle of the race. " [2]

Important Dates for the Pekworth family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pekworth research. Another 58 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pekworth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pekworth Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Pekworth are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Pekworth include: Beckwith, Beckworth, Beckworthe and others.

Early Notables of the Pekworth family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Pekworth family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Pekworth or a variant listed above: Sir Marmaduke Beckwith of Aldborough who settled in Richmond County, Virginia in 1748; but he had been preceded by Matthew Beckwith who settled in Connecticut in 1635.

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Citations

  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
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