tribes of Britain. Bedale is derived from the name of a medieval court official called a
A beadle performed similar duties to those of a bailiff in a modern court of law, as well as acting as a sort of town crier, and later as a constable of the parish.
from ancient times.
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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 Bedale were recorded, including Beadell, Beadle, Beadles, Beedle, Beedell, Bedle and others.