Beadel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Beadel came from the name of a medieval court official called a beadle. 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. [1]

Early Origins of the Beadel family

The surname Beadel was first found in the North Riding of Yorkshire, at Bedale, a market-town, parish, and the head of a union, chiefly in the wapentake of Hang-East, but partly in that of Hallikeld. "The houses are in general of brick, and irregularly built; the air is pure, and the neighbourhood, which is well cultivated, affords many pleasant walks and much picturesque scenery. " [2]

As an occupational name, the name can be found in a wide variety of spellings over much of ancient Britain. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 include: Geoffrey le Bedel, Kent; Martin le Bedel, Norfolk; and Walter Bidellus, Lincolnshire. [3] The "le" meaning "the" denoted the occupational nature of the name and that last entry found there was in the Latin form.

Kirby's Quest noted John le Bedal, Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of King Edward III.) [4]

Historically it was "a well-known office. In [the] Domesday Book, we have, among the greater tenants. Godwin Bedellus, and "Beaellus quidam Regis," a certain beadle, apparitor, or messenger of the King. " [1]

Early History of the Beadel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beadel research. Another 83 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1667, 1613 and 1650 are included under the topic Early Beadel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Beadel Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Beadel has been recorded under many different variations, including Beadell, Beadle, Beadles, Beedle, Beedell, Bedle and others.

Early Notables of the Beadel family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Beadle (died 1667), an English clergyman and diarist. He was the author of the 'Journal or Diary of a Thankful Christian.' He matriculated at the University of Cambridge on 8 July 1613 and was...
Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beadel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Beadel migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Beadel Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Beadel (post 1700) +

  • Edward Beadel (d. 1919), American plantation owner of Tall Timbers Plantation, from New York City who owned a quail hunting plantation in northern Leon County, Florida in 1895
  • Henry L. Beadel, American plantation owner who bequeathed his land in Tallahassee, Florida for the study of the effects of fire on wildlife habitat, relative of Edward Beadel
  • William James Beadel (1812-1892), English Conservative Party politician, Member of Parliament for Chelmsford (1885–1892)


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/captain-cook


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