This surname of BESHAW was a locational name 'of Bagshaw' a Lancashire surname which means 'the dweller in a row of houses'. The name is also spelt BASHAW,BAGSHOR, BAGSHORE, BASHAWE and BEGGESHORE. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land and indicated where he actually lived. Almost every city, town or village extant in the Middle Ages has served to name one or more families. While a man lived in a town or village he would not be known by its name, as that would be no means of identification - all in the village would be so named. But when a man left his birthplace or village where he had been known and went elsewhere, people would likely refer to him by the name of his former residence or by the name of the land which he owned. Some had the name of a manor or village because they were lords of that place and owned it, but the majority descend from vassals of freeman who once had lived there. Early records of the name mention Oliver de Bogeschaghe, County Somerset, 1273 and Richard de Boggeschaghe of County Somerset in the same year. Nicholaus de Begschaghe, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Richard Warren and Elenor Bagshawe were married at St.Thomas the Apostle, London, in the year 1563. Edward Bagshaw of London, registered at Oxford University in the year 1604. Other names recorded are Nicholas Bagshawe and Humphry Begshawe circa 1650. When the coast of England was invaded by William The Conqueror in the year 1066, the Normans brought with them a store of French personal names, which soon, more or less, entirely replaced the traditional more varied Old English personal names, at least among the upper and middle classes. A century of so later, given names of the principal saints of the Christian church began to be used. It is from these two types of given name that the majority of the English patronymic surnames are derived and used to this day. The Rose depicted in the arms is used as a distinction for the seventh son. The Distinction of Houses are used to distinguish the younger from the elder branches of a family, and to show from what line each is descended.
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