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Meaning and Origin of: Beach

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Last name origins & meanings:

  1. English: topographic name for someone who lived by a stream, Middle English beche, Old English bece, a byform of bæce. Compare Bach 3.
  2. English: topographic name for someone who lived by a beech tree or beech wood, from Middle English beche ‘beech tree’ (Old English bēce).
  3. Perhaps also an Americanized form of German Bisch.
  4. John Beach came from England to New Haven, CT, in about 1635. Thomas Beach came from England to Milford, CT, in 1638. It is not clear whether they were related.
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