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Origin Displayed: Welsh

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bevan, Beavan, Beevan, Beaven, Beven, Bevin, Bevins, Bevans, Beavans and many more.

First found in Herefordshire , where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Arthur Bevan who settled in Connecticut in 1620; Bartholomew settled in Virginia 1634; Grace Bevan in New England 1654; Thomas Bevan in Maryland in 1663.

(From www.HouseOfNames.com Archives copyright 2000 - 2009)

Motto Translated: Always constant to virtue.


Some noteworthy people of the name Bevins
  • Christopher "Chris" Bevins (b. 1973), American voice actor and ADR director
  • John Reginald Bevins (1908-1996), British politician who served as a Liverpool Member of Parliament for fourteen years
  • Stuart Roy Bevins (b. 1967), retired English cricketer
  • Kerry Bevins, New Zealand politician, Leader of The Republic of New Zealand Party
  • Michael Bevins (b. 1977), field hockey goalkeeper from New Zealand
  • Anthony John "Tony" Bevins (1942-2001), English journalist, eponym of the Bevins Prize, a British award recognising outstanding investigative journalism



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