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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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.
I am from Trinidad and all beaches here r related but would like to know the international family
Im from Manchester and Beach is my surname from birth x
I was born in Chrstchurch New Zealand in 1963 and have tracked my decendants to Scotland and England, they immigrated here in 1874.
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
My family is from Iowa, Nebraska. Originally came to New York. No records before that. All started from Zelotes Beach and Polly Lowes.
Hi im 12 and i recently just started looking into my last name so yea
I just thought i would see how many others were interested like myself to find out where our name comes from.
Looking to find out more about my family history!
Im from Stockton California in the U.S.Beach is my birth name my father is one of 17 children. Since everyone is an immigrant here in the U.S. we have to assume that we originated from some where else, the question is WHERE, we just aren't sure.
That's a whole lot of beach's!
ARE THERE ANY BEECH WHO WERE PART OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTIE.
From Arkansas. For whoever wants to know.