Show ContentsBeadewell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Beadewell has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in Bidwell, Hertfordshire. This place name derives from the Old English words "byde," meaning "tub," and "well," meaning a "spring," or "stream." As such, Beadewell is classed as a habitational name.

Early Origins of the Beadewell family

The surname Beadewell was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where Bidwell was said to be a picturesque hamlet lying to the north-west of Houghton village. [1]

There is an early record of a Stephen de Bedewellin in Essex in the Calendar of the Close Rolls, in 1229. [2]

Early History of the Beadewell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beadewell research. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1323, 1388, 1420, 1561, 1632, 1589, 1595, 1632, 1561, 1562, 1632, 1537, 1508, 1520, 1532, 1571, 1571, 1642, 1627, 1641 and 1642 are included under the topic Early Beadewell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Beadewell Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Beadewell have been found, including Bedwell, Bedwel, Bedewell, Bidwell, Bidewell and many more.

Early Notables of the Beadewell family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include William Bedwell (1561-1632), Vicar of Tottenham, Middlesex, an English priest and scholar, who specialized in mathematics and foreign languages and Thomas Bedwell, who held the position of "Storekeeper of the Ordnance" of England, 1589-1595. William Bedwell (d. 1632), was nephew of "Thomas Bedwell, and father of Arabic studies in England, was born in 1561 or 1562, for his tombstone in the chancel of Tottenham church makes him aged...
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Ireland Migration of the Beadewell family to Ireland

Some of the Beadewell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Beadewell family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Beadewell, or a variant listed above: John Bedwell, who came to Somers Islands in 1662; Elizabeth Bedwell, who arrived in Virginia in 1664; Hugh Bidwell, who arrived in South Carolina sometime between 1670 and 1679.

  1. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) on Facebook