Beadnell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The rich and ancient history of the Beadnell family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes 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. 
Early Origins of the Beadnell family
The surname Beadnell 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. " 
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.  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.) 
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. " 
Important Dates for the Beadnell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beadnell research. Another 83 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1667, 1613 and 1650 are included under the topic Early Beadnell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Beadnell 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 Beadnell have been found, including Beadell, Beadle, Beadles, Beedle, Beedell, Bedle and others.
Early Notables of the Beadnell 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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Beadnell migration to the United States
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. Among the first immigrants of the name Beadnell, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :
Beadnell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- John James T Beadnell, aged 26, originally from Bedlington, England, who arrived in New York in 1910 aboard the ship "Lusitania" from Liverpool, England 
- Frank Beadnell, aged 48, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Megantic" from Liverpool, England 
- May Beadnell, originally from Liverpool, England, who arrived in New York in 1922 aboard the ship "Majestic" from Southampton, England 
Contemporary Notables of the name Beadnell (post 1700)
- Captain Frank E. Beadnell, British captain of the SS Cymric, a steamship of the White Star Line in 1915
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ 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.
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJ6F-YX7 : 6 December 2014), John Jas T Beadnell, 24 Jun 1910; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Lusitania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67S-5N5 : 6 December 2014), Frank Beadnell, 11 Apr 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Megantic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNLB-ZJF : 6 December 2014), May Beadnell, 04 Jul 1922; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Majestic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).