name Beatle comes from the family having resided in Bidwell, Hertfordshire
. This place name derives from the Old English words "byde," meaning "tub," and "well," meaning a "spring," or "stream." As such, Beatle is classed as a habitational name.
Early Origins of the Beatle family
The surname Beatle was first found in Bedfordshire
(Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England
, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon
kingdom of Mercia, where Bidwell was said to be a picturesque hamlet lying to the north-west of Houghton village. There is an early record of a Stephen de Bedewellin in Essex
in the Calendar of the Close Rolls, in 1229.
Early History of the Beatle family
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Beatle Spelling Variations
Beatle has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Bedwell, Bedwel, Bedewell, Bidwell, Bidewell and many more.
Early Notables of the Beatle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beatle family to Ireland
Some of the Beatle family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 311 words (22 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Beatle family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Beatles to arrive on North American shores: John Bedwell, who came to Somers Islands in 1662; Elizabeth Bedwell, who arrived in Virginia in 1664; Hugh Bidwell, who arrived in South Carolina sometime between 1670 and 1679.