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

The origins of the Bipewatere name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived on the waterfront. The name means "dweller by the water," and refers to residence near a river, lake, or coast.

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Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bipewatere were recorded, including Bywater, Biwater, Byewater, Bithewater, Bipewatere, Beyewatyr, Bythewater, Bethewater and many more.

First found in West Yorkshire at Allerton Bywater, a semi-rural village and civil parish in the south-east of City of Leeds. Today Allerton Bywater is made up of old mining villages including: Brigshaw, Hollinhurst and Bowers Row and is famous for its Allerton pottery. Looking back into history, the village dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Alretune, but by 1430, the village was listed as "Allerton by ye water." The "water" reference is the River Aire. Allerton literally means "farmstead or village where alder-trees grow" from the Old English words alor + tun. [1]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bipewatere research. Another 465 words(33 lines of text) covering the years 1219, 1279, 1327, 1379, 1500, 1597 and 1666 are included under the topic Early Bipewatere History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Bipewatere Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Bipewatere family emigrate to North America: G. Bywater who arrived in New Jersey in 1675.

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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  2. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. 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.
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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The Bipewatere Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bipewatere 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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