Beamer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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.  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."  "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."  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. 
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)
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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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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 
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 
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 
- James I. Beamer, American Republican politician, Chair of Mineral County Republican Party, 1963 
- 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 
- Harry C. Beamer, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 1st District, 1950, 1956, 1958 
- 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 
- George K. Beamer (1816-1899), American politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Barry County, 1861-62 
- 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 
- Diane "Di" Beamer (b. 1960), former Australian politician
Related Stories +
- ^ 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)
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ 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)
- ^ 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)
- ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/canton
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html