Beadle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

It was among those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Beadle was formed. The name was derived 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 Beadle family

The surname Beadle 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 Beadle family

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Beadle Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Beadle include Beadell, Beadle, Beadles, Beedle, Beedell, Bedle and others.

Early Notables of the Beadle 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...
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United States Beadle migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Beadle were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Beadle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Gabriel Beadle, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1607 [5]
  • John Beadle, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1607 [5]
  • John and Gabriel Beadle, who settled in Virginia in 1608
  • John Beadle who settled in Barbados in 1634
  • Jon Beadle, who arrived in Virginia in 1636 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Beadle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Beadle, who settled in Maryland in 1725
Beadle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Beadle, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817 [5]
  • William, Beadle Jr., who landed in New York, NY in 1817 [5]
  • Stephen Beadle, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1853 [5]

Canada Beadle migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Beadle Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Beadle, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Robert Beadle, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
Beadle Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Chauncey Beadle, who landed in Canada in 1833

Australia Beadle migration to Australia +

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

Beadle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Elizabeth Beadle, (b. 1779), aged 35, English servant who was convicted in London, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Broxbournebury" in January 1814, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. Daniel Beadle, English convict who was convicted in Surrey, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 27 September 1834, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Beadle (post 1700) +

  • William J. Beadle, American Democratic Party politician, Postmaster at Alhambra, California, 1934-48 (acting, 1934-39)
  • William Henry Harrison Beadle (1838-1915), American Republican politician, Colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War; Lawyer; Member of Republican National Committee from Dakota Territory, 1872-; Member of Dakota territorial House of Representatives, 1877-79;
  • Tracy Beadle, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Chemung County, 1862
  • John Beadle, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Dutchess County, 1812-13, 1814-15, 1818-19
  • Harvey James Beadle (1915-1994), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 21st District, 1959-62; Defeated, 1954, 1956, 1962 ; Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 12th District, 1964
  • Francis D. Beadle (1899-1983), American Republican politician, Served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War I; Insurance and real estate business; Justice of the peace; Member of Michigan State Senate, 1951-68 (11th District 1951-54, 34th District 1955-64, 28th District 1965-68);
  • Erastus Flavel Beadle (1821-1894), American Republican politician, Publisher of dime novels; Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 21st District, 1892
  • Chester Charles Beadle, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Wayne County 21st District, 1961
  • George Wells Beadle (1903-1989), American biologist, who shared a 1958 Nobel Prize
  • Alfred N Beadle V (1927-1998), American modernistic architect
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. ^ Lowe, 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. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd November 2020). Retrieved from
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th August 2020). Retrieved from on Facebook
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