Beavan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Welsh 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.   
"The normal type of Welsh name was a patronymic: Madog ap Jevan ap Jorwerth, ‘Madoc, son of Evan, son of Yorwerth’, a type which resulted ultimately in such names as Pumfrey, Benian, Bevan, etc." 
Early Origins of the Beavan family
The surname Beavan was first found in Herefordshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times. One of the first record of the family was Howel ap-Evan who was listed in the Writs of Parliament c. 1300. The Calendarium Rotulorum Chartarum lists Eygneun ap Yevan, but no dates or location is provided. The plural form "Bevans is a double patronymic, part English, part Welsh, ab-Evan-s." 
The Welsh "ap Evan" version survived for centuries as a Visitation in London in 1633 listed Rys ap Madoc ap Tudir ap Hoel ap Evan.
Early History of the Beavan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beavan research. Another 142 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1695, 1560, 1748, 1753, 1923, 1691, 1765, 1602, 1586, 1602, 1589, 1589, 1605 and 1637 are included under the topic Early Beavan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Beavan Spelling Variations
Welsh 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)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Silvanus Bevan (1691-1765), Welsh apothecary, who founded the firm Allen & Hanburys; William Bevan, Pen-y-Coed; and Francis Bevans (died 1602) an English lawyer and Principal of Jesus College, Oxford from 1586 to 1602.
Elway Bevin was an eminent theoretical and practical musician, the date of whose birth is unknown. He was of Welsh extraction, and received his musical education under Tallis. According to Wood (Ashmole MS. 8568, 106) he was...
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| Beavan migration to Australia ||+|
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Beavan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mr. John Beavan, English convict who was convicted in Hereford, Herefordshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 16th January 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 
- John Beavan, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia 
- Mr. Henry Beavan, (b. 1820), aged 15, English publican who was convicted in Hereford, Herefordshire, England for life for house breaking, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 18th June 1835, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1874 
| Beavan migration to New Zealand ||+|
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Beavan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Miss Sophia Beavan, (b. 1830), aged 33, British miliner travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th October 1863 
- 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 
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.
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- 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
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