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Beaman is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Beaman family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Beaman family lived in Dorset and Gloucestershire. The geographical derivation of the name, however, does not stem from these locations, but relates to numerous areas in France, which are so named.


The surname Beaman was first found in Dorset and Gloucestershire, where "Roger de Belmont appears in [the] Domesday [Book] as chief tenant. According to Sir H. Ellis, he was a near kinsman of the Conqueror, being lineal descendant of that king's great grandfather. Some trace the noble English families from the Viscounts Beaumont of Normandy, and others from the blood-royal of France." [1] The chapelry of Ryall in Northumberland is of particular interest to the family. "This was the lordship of John, Lord Beaumont, who died seised of Ryall about the year 1396, leaving it, with many other estates in this county and elsewhere, to his son and heir, Henry, then sixteen years of age, who was knighted at the coronation of Henry IV." [2] Upper Whitley in the West Riding of Yorkshire was home to another branch of the family. "The founder of the ancient family of Beaumont here, was a Knight Hospitaller of St. John of Jerusalem, who received the manor on condition of performing certain military services in the time of Henry III. Whitley Hall has ever since been the principal residence of the family, and is now in the possession of R. H. Beaumont, Esq. [(c. 1860)]" [2]

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Beaumont, Beaumond, Beamond, Beamont, Beamonte, Beamonde, Bellmont, Belmont, Beomont, Beumond, Bewmont, Bewmonte, Bellemont, Beumont, Beaumount, Bewmount, Bowmont, Bowmaunt and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beaman research. Another 271 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1198, 1584, 1616, 1929, 1305, 1340, 1309, 1438, 1507, 1585, 1616, 1616, 1699, 1638, 1689, 1679, 1689, 1636, 1701, 1685, 1689, 1676, 1668 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Beaman History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 243 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beaman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Beaman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Beaman or a variant listed above:

Beaman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robt Beaman, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • Peter Beaman, who landed in Maryland in 1673
  • Sarah Beaman, who landed in Maryland in 1679

Beaman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Christi Beaman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • David Beaman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765

Beaman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jane Beaman, who arrived in New York, NY in 1846
  • Henry Beaman, who arrived in Indiana in 1850
  • Bernardo Beaman, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1860
  • Middleton Beaman, aged 14, who emigrated to America, in 1892
  • Mrs. G. Beaman, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1892

Beaman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Harry Beaman, aged 4, who settled in America from London, in 1904
  • Isaac Beaman, aged 1, who landed in America from London, in 1904
  • Joseph J. Beaman, aged 40, who settled in America, in 1905
  • William Henry Beaman, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Manchester, England, in 1907
  • Ralph Beaman, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1909

Beaman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Thomas Beaman U.E who settled in Canada c. 1783


  • Charles Cotesworth Beaman Sr. (1840-1900), American lawyer and author of The National and Private Alabama Claims and their Final and Amicable Settlement (1871), 1st Solicitor General of the United States
  • Sydney George Hulme Beaman (1887-1932), American author & illustrator, best known as the creator of the Toytown stories and their characters including Larry the Lamb
  • Fernando Cortez Beaman (1814-1882), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan (1863-1871) and (1861-1863)
  • Brigadier-General Bartlett Beaman (1891-1947), American Chief of Staff 1st Air Division (1944-1945)
  • Gerald R. Beaman, American Rear Admiral in the US Navy and an ex Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Hana Beaman, American professional snowboarder
  • Fred J. Beaman, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Jackson, Michigan, 1922-35
  • Fernando Cortez Beaman (1814-1882), American politician, Mayor of Adrian, Michigan, 1856-57; Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1856; Lenawee County Probate Judge, 1856-60, 1871-80
  • Edwin W. Beaman, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1960
  • Ed Beaman, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nevada, 2004



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  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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The Beaman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beaman Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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