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

The Welsh name Bevan is a patronymic surname created from the Welsh personal name Evan. The surname Bevan 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.


Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Bevan has occasionally 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.


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


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


The Welsh migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Bevan:

Bevan Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Arthur Bevan who settled in Connecticut in 1620
  • Bartholomew Bevan settled in Virginia in 1634
  • Grace Bevan settled in New England 1654
  • Lewis Bevan, who landed in America in 1654
  • Thomas Bevan arrived in Maryland in 1663

Bevan Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • William Bevan, who arrived in America in 1764

Bevan Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Wm Bevan, who landed in Connecticut in 1812
  • Edward Bevan, who landed in New York, NY in 1833
  • James Bevan, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852
  • Sarah Bevan, aged 35, arrived in New York in 1864
  • Susannah Bevan, who arrived in New York in 1864


  • Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960), Welsh politician, Minister of Health (19451951), considered the chief architect of the National Health Service
  • Bridget Bevan (1698-1779), Welsh philanthropist
  • James Bevan (1856-1938), Welsh rugby union captain
  • Bev Bevan (b. 1944), English Rock and Roll drummer
  • Edward John Bevan (1856-1921), English industrial chemist
  • Brian Bevan (1924-1991), Australian rugby player
  • David Gilroy Bevan (1928-1996), English politician
  • Michael Bevan (b. 1970), Australian cricketer
  • Paul Bevan (b. 1984), Australian footballer
  • Tim Bevan CBE (b. 1958), New Zealand film producer


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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  2. Thirsk, Joan ed. Et. Al. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Morgan, T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan. Welsh Surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1985. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. 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.
  8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Bevan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bevan 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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