name Beavan is a patronymic
surname created from the Welsh personal name
Evan. The surname Beavan was originally ab-Evan, or ap-Evan: the distinctive Welsh
patronymic prefix "ab" or "ap," means "son of," but the prefix has been assimilated into the surname over the course of time.
Early Origins of the Beavan family
The surname Beavan was first found in Herefordshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Beavan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beavan research.Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1695, 1923, 1691, 1765, 1602, 1586 and 1602 are included under the topic Early Beavan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Beavan Spelling Variations
surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh
variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh
surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh
names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic
language of the Welsh
had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations
of particular Welsh
names are very important. The surname Beavan has occasionally been spelled Bevan, Beavan, Beevan, Beaven, Beven, Bevin, Bevins, Bevans, Beavans and many more.
Early Notables of the Beavan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beavan family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Beavan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Beavan, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia CITATION[CLOSE]
State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
Beavan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- R. Beavan, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Viscount Canning" in 1865
Contemporary Notables of the name Beavan (post 1700)
- Blake William Beavan (b. 1989), American Major League Baseball pitcher, recipient of the Youth Player of the Year Award (2006)
- Sean Beavan, American record producer, best known for his work with Guns N' Roses, Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails
- Jenny Beavan (b. 1950), British Academy Award and Tony Award winning and eight-time Academy Award nominated costume designer, probably best known for her work on The King's Speech
- John Cowburn Morgan Beavan (1910-1994), Baron Ardwick, English journalist
- Captain Robert Cecil Beavan (1841-1870), British soldier and ornithologist
- Ray Beavan, Australian rugby player
Historic Events for the Beavan family
- Mr. William Thomas Beavan (d. 1912), aged 18, English Third Class passenger from Fillingham, Lincolnshire who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
The Beavan Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Semper virtuti constans
Motto Translation: Always constant to virtue.