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Where did the Welsh Bevins family come from? 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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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 Bevins 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.


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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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In the 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Bevins

Bevins Settlers in 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 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


Bevins Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. James Bevins U.E who settled in Ernestown, Lennox & Addington, Ontario c. 1783

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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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