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Where did the English Beams family come from? What is the English Beams family crest and coat of arms? When did the Beams family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Beams family history?

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

First found in Durham, where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beams research. Another 121 words(9 lines of text) covering the year 1950 is included under the topic Early Beams History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Beams Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Beams family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 71 words(5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Beams family, or who bore a variation of the surname Beams were

Beams Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • William Beams, who landed in New England in 1651
  • Dermock Beams, who landed in Virginia in 1655

Beams Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Beams, who arrived in Mississippi in 1840

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  • Dayne Beams (b. 1990), Australian rules footballer, brother of Claye Beams
  • Claye Beams (b. 1991), Australian rules footballer, brother of Dyane Beams


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The Beams Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beams 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.

This page was last modified on 24 October 2013 at 19:14.

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