Where did the English beckworth family come from? What is the English coat of arms/family crest? When did the beckworth family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like beckworth 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. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name beckworth include: Beckwith, Beckworth, Beckworthe and others.
First found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from early times, some say long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
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 oppurtunities 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 beckworth 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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