Beames History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Beames family
The surname Beames 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 Beames family
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Beames Spelling Variations
The name Beames, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Beamish, Beemish, Beames and others.
Early Notables of the Beames family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beames family to Ireland
Some of the Beames family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Beames 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 Beames family, or who bore a variation of the surname Beames were
Beames Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Beames who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1651
- William Beames, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1651 
- Dennock Beames, who settled in Virginia in 1655
- Robert Beames who settled in Barbados and Jamaica in 1688
Beames migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Beames Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- James Beames, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 
- Clarissa Beames, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 
- John Beames, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 
- George Beames, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 
- Emma Beames, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 
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Contemporary Notables of the name Beames (post 1700) +
- Margaret Beames (b. 1935), English-born, New Zealand author best known for writing children's books, repient of the Best Picture Book and the Children's Choice Award (2000)
- Hewitt Pearson Montague "H.P.M" Beames (1875-1948), English Chief Mechanical Engineer of the London and North Western Railway 1920-1922
- Adrienne Beames (b. 1942), Australian long-distance runner
- John Beames (1837-1902), British civil servant and author, Commissioner of Chittagong, India
- Percy James Beames (1911-2004), Australian rules footballer
- John "Jack" Robert Beames (1890-1970), Welsh rugby union and professional rugby league footballer
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)
- ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm