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Early Origins of the Beanland family

The surname Beanland was first found in Cumberland at Beanlands Park where the name is derived from the Old English word "bean" + "land," literally meaning "dweller by the land on which beans grow." [1]

Beanley is township and village in Alnwick union, on a hill, 2 miles south-west from Eglingham and 1 ½ miles east from Hedgeley station on the Alnwick and Cornhill branch of the North Eastern railway in Northumberland.

The first record of the family was found in Cumberland where Edward Beanlands held a family seat in 1307. The Beanland variant was listed much later: John Beanland in Yorkshire in 1672 and Edward Beanland, a Freeman of York in 1746. [1]

Early History of the Beanland family

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Beanland Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Beanland include Beanley, Beanland, Benely, Beneland, Beenland and many more.

Early Notables of the Beanland family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Beanland family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled 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 ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Beanland or a variant listed above: settlers, who arrived along the eastern seaboard, from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.

Contemporary Notables of the name Beanland (post 1700) +

  • John Walton Beanland (1868-1943), New Zealand building contractor and politician, 36th Mayor of Christchurch (1936 to 1938)
  • Major-General Douglas Beanland CIE OBE (1893-1963), senior British Indian Army officer of the Second World War
  • Denver Edward Beanland (b. 1945), Australian state politician, Attorney-General (1996 to 1998), Parliamentary Leader of the Liberal Party in Queensland (1990 to 1991)
  • Robin Beanland (b. 1968), nicknamed "The Bean", a British BAFTA nominated video game music composer

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) on Facebook