Hi Rod, From: Genealogical and Historical Sketch- Roots Research LTD NY Manuscript # 168: The name and family of Beckwith,the surname Beckwith is of ancient origin, There has been some difference of opinion among etymologists as to its exact derivation, but the majority opionion is that the first part of the name comes from the Teutonic word becc meaning "river or stream", and the latter part from the old Englisth wyth meaning "worth". Thus it would signify a "river of worth". probablya river near Yorkshire, England, where the name is believed to have originated. Most authorities state that the Beckwith family was called Maleblisse in its early history and that not until later years did it become Beckwith. In old documents the name apprears in the forms of Bekwyt,Bekwyth,and Becwith. The most remote known ancestor of the family was Hugh de Malebisse. His name appears in a roll of William the Conqueror's knights whom William led at the battle of Hastings in 1066. Out of Ancestral Heads of New England Families 1620-1700 by Holmes 1923CS 61 H6The Same as Beckworth, the farm or place by the brook, brom beck, a brook and worth, a farm. Hugh de Malebisse was a knight under William the Conqueror. His great-grandson, Sir Hercules, married Lady Beckwith Bruce, in 1226, and heiress of an estate named Beckwith and Sir Hercules assumed the name of his wifes' estate.