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Early Origins of the Beamer family

The surname Beamer was first found in Normandy where the family was formerly Beaumis, Beaumeys, or Beametz and are from Beaumetz, near Abbeville. Today this is a commune in the Somme department in the Picardie (Picardy) region of northern France. When they arrived in Britain is not known but one can safely assume shortly after the Conquest as Richard de Belmiz, Viscount of Salop (Shropshire) witnessed a charter in 1087 of Salop Abbey. Richards be Beaumez witnessed a charter of Henry I., in 1124. Richard be Belmiz was Bishop of London in 1172. [1]

The stronghold of the family was in Durham at Beamish, a township, in the chapelry of Tanfield, parish of Chester-Le-Street, union of Lanchester, Middle division of Chester ward. The place name dates back to 1288 when it was first listed as Bewmys and literally meant "beautiful mansion." from the Old French words "beau" + "mes." [2] "It stands in the wooded vale of Team, which expands itself near the house of Beamish into a fine strath. The mansion, which contains some curious old portraits, is one of the best family residences in the county." [3] Beamish Hall was originally built as a present in 1268 for the wedding of Isabella de la Leigh and Guiscard de Charron.

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Robert de Beaumeis, alias Beaumeis in Cambridgeshire; Roger de Beaumes in Shropshire; and Agnes be Beaumeys in Huntingdonshire. [4]

Again in Shropshire, we found Richard de Beames, de Belmes in the Pipe Rolls for 1191-1192. And later Robert de Beaumeis was found in the Feet of Fines for Huntingdonshire in 1208. [5]

Early History of the Beamer family

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Beamer Spelling Variations

The name Beamer, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Beamish, Beemish, Beames and others.

Early Notables of the Beamer family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was North Ludlow Beamish (1797-1872), military writer and antiquary, the son of William Beamish, Esq., of Beaumont House, co. Cork, and was born on 31 Dec. 1797. In November 1816 he obtained a commission in the 4th royal Irish dragoon guards, in which corps he purchased a troop in 1823. In 1825 he published an English translation of a small cavalry manual written...
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Beamer Ranking

In the United States, the name Beamer is the 8,769th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Beamer family to Ireland

Some of the Beamer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Beamer migration to the United States +

The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Beamer family, or who bore a variation of the surname Beamer were

Beamer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Bernard Theodore Beamer, who landed in Allegany(Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [7]

Australia Beamer migration to Australia +

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

Beamer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Jacob Beamer, British Convict who was convicted in Ontario, Canada for life, transported aboard the "Canton" on 20th September 1839, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), transported from Quebec to England [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Beamer (post 1700) +

  • Keola Beamer (b. 1951), Hawaiian slack-key guitar player
  • Frank Beamer (b. 1946), American football coach and former player
  • John Valentine Beamer (1896-1964), American Republican politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1949-50; U.S. Representative from Indiana 5th District, 1951-59; Defeated, 1958 [9]
  • James I. Beamer, American Republican politician, Chair of Mineral County Republican Party, 1963 [9]
  • J. M. Beamer, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1956, 1960; Chair of McDowell County Republican Party, 1961-63 [9]
  • Harry C. Beamer, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 1st District, 1950, 1956, 1958 [9]
  • George N. Beamer (1904-1974), American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana, 1938; Indiana State Attorney General, 1941-42; Defeated, 1942 [9]
  • George K. Beamer (1816-1899), American politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Barry County, 1861-62 [9]
  • Elmer A. Beamer (b. 1881), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1936; Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1939 [9]
  • Diane "Di" Beamer (b. 1960), former Australian politician

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  3. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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  6. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  7. 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)
  8. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th December 2020). Retrieved from
  9. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from on Facebook