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Beaumont is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The Beaumont family lived in Dorset and Gloucestershire. The geographical derivation of the name, however, does not stem from these locations, but relates to numerous areas in France, which are so named.
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Beaumont, Beaumond, Beamond, Beamont, Beamonte, Beamonde, Bellmont, Belmont, Beomont, Beumond, Bewmont, Bewmonte, Bellemont, Beumont, Beaumount, Bewmount, Bowmont, Bowmaunt and many more.
First found in Dorset and Gloucestershire, where "Roger de Belmont appears in [the] Domesday [Book] as chief tenant. According to Sir H. Ellis, he was a near kinsman of the Conqueror, being lineal descendant of that king's great grandfather. Some trace the noble English families from the Viscounts Beaumont of Normandy, and others from the blood-royal of France."  The chapelry of Ryall in Northumberland is of particular interest to the family. "This was the lordship of John, Lord Beaumont, who died seised of Ryall about the year 1396, leaving it, with many other estates in this county and elsewhere, to his son and heir, Henry, then sixteen years of age, who was knighted at the coronation of Henry IV."  Upper Whitley in the West Riding of Yorkshire was home to another branch of the family. "The founder of the ancient family of Beaumont here, was a Knight Hospitaller of St. John of Jerusalem, who received the manor on condition of performing certain military services in the time of Henry III. Whitley Hall has ever since been the principal residence of the family, and is now in the possession of R. H. Beaumont, Esq. [(c. 1860)]" 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beaumont research. Another 271 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1198, 1584, 1616, 1929, 1305, 1340, 1309, 1438, 1507, 1585, 1616, 1616, 1699, 1638, 1689, 1679, 1689, 1636, 1701, 1685, 1689, 1676, 1668 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Beaumont History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 243 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beaumont Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Beaumont family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Beaumont name or one of its variants:
Beaumont Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Beaumont, who landed in Connecticut in 1635
- David Beaumont, who landed in Maryland in 1658
- Thomas Beaumont, who arrived in Maryland in 1661
- Jas Beaumont settled in America in 1665
- Mary Beaumont, who landed in Maryland in 1680
Beaumont Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Geo Beaumont, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1764
Beaumont Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Jas Beaumont, who landed in America in 1805
- John Beaumont, who arrived in America in 1805
- Andrew Beaumont settled in New England in 1805
- Andrew Beaumont, aged 17, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805
- Andw Beaumont, who arrived in America in 1805
Beaumont Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Louis-Marie-Joseph Beaumont, son of François and Françoise Boucher, married Marie-Rose Gauthier, daughter of Amable and Jeanne Legault-Deslauriers, in 1780 in Québec
Beaumont Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Charles Beaumont, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Henry Beaumont arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839
- Caroline M. Beaumont arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839
- Charles Frederick Beaumont arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839
- Cyrus Beaumont arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839
Beaumont Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Robert Beaumont landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1843
- Robert Beaumont, aged 30, a baker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858
- Elizabeth Beaumont, aged 26, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858
- Thomas Beaumont, aged 20, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Readman" in 1872
- Charles Beaumont, aged 18, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Readman" in 1872
- John W. Beaumont (1858-1941), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State Board of Agriculture, 1912-15
- John E. Beaumont, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2000, 2008
- Frank Beaumont, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 16th District, 1990, 1992
- Dina Beaumont, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988
- Campbell Eben Beaumont (1883-1954), American Democrat politician, Fresno County District Attorney, 1918-21; Superior Court Judge in California, 1921-39; U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of California, 1939-54
- Andrew Beaumont (1790-1853), American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1821-22, 1826, 1849; Postmaster; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 15th District, 1833-37
- Adam Beaumont (1890-1970), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Salonika, 1922-24; Patras, 1923; Naples, 1924-29; Hamilton, 1932-40; Quebec City, 1943
- Katherine Beaumont, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oregon, 1944
- L. H. Beaumont, American Democrat politician, Implement dealer; Candidate for Mayor of Newport, Arkansas, 1959
- Ralph Beaumont, American politician, Representative from New York 29th District, 1878
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