Last name: Beach

This interesting surname is much less clear cut in its origins than it may seem at first. It is true that it can be topographical, and derive from the Olde English pre 7th century 'bec', therefore describing one who was resident by beech Trees or a beech orchard, as beech nuts were collected as part of the medieval winter diet. However the most likely explanation is that the surname has a quite different meaning altogether. It probably derives from "Baec" as in the modern 'beck' and meaning a small river or stream, since it was necessary to live as close to fresh water as possible. Finally it is also possible that some modern nameholders derive from 'Beche', another Olde English word meaning "The Valley". What is certain is that there have been many early and important nameholders. Examples include Euphemia de la Beche, in Norfolk in 1363, and Adam Beche, the Abbot of Colchester, who was executed in 1539 for opposing Henry V11's dissolution of the monasteries. Later examples are those of Thomas Beach who married Grace Sarken at St Michaels church, Cornhill, London, on July 1st 1575, and Rebecca Beech, christened at St James Church, Clerkenwell, on March 31st 1623. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John de la Beche, which was dated 1236, in the Worcester County Pipe Rolls, during the reign of King Henry 111, known as "The Frenchman", 1216 - 1272. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Ashley Beach

Looking to find out more about my family history!

mike beach

I just thought i would see how many others were interested like myself to find out where our name comes from.

Scott Beach

Hi im 12 and i recently just started looking into my last name so yea

Travis Beach
My family is from Iowa, Nebraska. Originally came to New York. No records before that. All started from Zelotes Beach and Polly Lowes.

gerald dale beach iso bith mom
looking for birth family from ogemaw county michigan. i was born feb. 8 1946. birth mom was born in 1929. she was the forth born of 7 kids. her parents were born @ 1902-3

Kenneth Beach
I was born in Chrstchurch New Zealand in 1963 and have tracked my decendants to Scotland and England, they immigrated here in 1874.

Josiah Beach

I am from Christchurch, New Zealand too. My paternal grandfathers family farmed in Ashburton, New Zealand and there are some people surnamed Beach down there.

Adele Beach
Im from Manchester and Beach is my surname from birth x

dave beach
my dads was from burmingham i think he didnt talk much after war..theres a few beach families here in vancouver canada..its funny because in the last week i've heard of 3..rare last name ..once i went into a bank said my name she said which one there were 7 anyway would like to no the deal on my dads relatives his was gordon

Michael Beach
My fathers family are all from near Birmingham, England. Dudley to be specific. My Grandfathers name was Edward Beach.

Laura Beach
There's a few of us in Cumbria.

Aneshia beach
I am from Trinidad and all beaches here r related but would like to know the international family

Colin Beach
My family is located in middle of Kentucky and the 5 of us are the only Beachs we know of because my Dads Dad left when he was a baby.

coltyn beach

there are more beachs out there i live in ohio with my small beach family i know

rachelle beach
my last name is beach and i am trying to find my family all over including " jeremy" who was last known in longbeach ca, i am only now begining my search i am 24 and he is about7-10 years older than i. any info plz respond

William D. Beach
Our name was also Bitsch when we came over from hess - Darmstadt Germany back in 1880. my cousin has the surname going back to bern switzerland and were swiss/Amish.Because of the reformation, they fled north into germany and became lutheran. when living in switzerland, they were mennonite.Our name now is spelled BEACH.My cousin has the name going back to 1622.

Mark Beach
William, my family is also from the Hessen/Darmstadt area, specifically a small town called Lindenfels. I have also heard of a Swiss origin. My great grandfather Adam Bitsch, set down roots in West Central Ohio. He apparently had a brother who emigrated to the new world as well, however they seemed to have gone their separate ways for some reason and we never knew any of them.

Mark Beach
Unlike the origin of my Surname (Beach) derived from the Swiss/German name (Bitsch). My great grandfather's surname was changed from Bitsch to Beach at immigration in the 1880's.