Beauchamp

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This surname originated in France, but has died out there. It is still found in England. It was present in Jersey from at least the 16th century, but it is unclear whether the family came to the island from France or England


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Jean Beauchamp and family

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Origin of surname

The literal translation of this French name is 'beautiful field'. There are several examples of its use as a place name in Normandy and northern France, but it is not found in use as a surname in France today.

The surname was introduced into England after the Norman Conquest and found in early Latin records as "de Bello Campo". Early recordings include: William de Bello Campo, who appeared in the 1161 Knights Templars Records of London; Robert de Beauchamp, noted as a witness in the 1203 Fine Court Rolls of Essex; and Thomas de Becham, entered in the 1327 Somerset County Rolls. The first recorded spelling of the name is that of Hugo de Belcamp, which was dated 1086, in the Domesday Book of Hertfordshire

Gradually the pronunciation of the name was anglicised to Beecham.

Early records

The name is found in Jersey church records as early as 30 October 1597, when Thomas, son of Thomas and Katherine, was baptised in St Helier. The family name was variously recorded as Beauchamp and Beaucamp in Jersey registers. One of two trees we have previously shown starts with Jean Beauchamp, born in 1775 and marrying Elizabeth du Feu in 1807. However, church records indicate that the husband of this marriage came from Trinity, which would suggest that he was one of two first cousins, either the Jean Beauchamp baptised in 1778, the son of Jean Beauchamp and Marie Binet, or the Jean born in Trinity in 1784, the son of Jean's brother Josue and Jeanne Becquet. We believe that he is more likely to have been the son of Jean and have created the third tree shown below from church records.

Variations

  • Beauchamp
  • Beaucamp
  • Beachamp
  • de Beauchamp

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Family trees


Pierre Beaucamp/Beauchamp in the above trees are the same person and the trees show different descendancies


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