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Where did the Welsh Bevins family come from? What is the Welsh Bevins family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bevins family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bevins family history?

The Welsh name Bevins is a patronymic surname created from the Welsh personal name Evan. The surname Bevins was originally ab-Evan, or ap-Evan: the distinctive Welsh patronymic prefix "ab" or "ap," means "son of," but the prefix has been assimilated into the surname over the course of time.

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Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Bevins name over the years has been spelled 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bevins research. Another 223 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1691, 1695, and 1765 are included under the topic Early Bevins History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 26 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bevins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The Welsh began to emigrate to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s in search of land, work, and freedom. Those that arrived helped shape the industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. The records regarding immigration and passenger show a number of people bearing the name Bevins:

Bevins Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Henry Bevins, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870
  • William Bevins, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870
  • Cate Bevins, aged 26, who landed in America from London, in 1898

Bevins Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Mrs. A. H. Bevins, aged 50, who landed in America from London, in 1903
  • Edwin Bevins, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from England, in 1904
  • Hubert Bevins, aged 25, who landed in America from Leicester, in 1904
  • Agnes May Bevins, aged 15, who settled in America from Blackpool, in 1905
  • Lewis E. Bevins, aged 31, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1905


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  • 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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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Semper virtuti constans
Motto Translation: Always constant to virtue.

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  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Bevins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bevins Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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