Beayley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

An ancient Pictish-Scottish family was the first to use the name Beayley. It is a name for someone who lived in Bellie, in Morayshire. The name is a topographic or local surname, which was given to a family who held a barony or lands, had houses, manors or estates in that area. Some think that the name is derived from the occupational name of bailie, but our records cannot confirm that claim. Indeed much of the early records list many of the family in other occupations.

Early Origins of the Beayley family

The surname Beayley was first found in Moray, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Important Dates for the Beayley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beayley research. Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1598, 1643, 1648, 1650 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Beayley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Beayley Spelling Variations

During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations of the name Beayley include Bellie, Belley, Bealie, Beeley, Belley, Bely, Beayly, Beyley, Beilley, Bealy, Bellye, Belly and many more.

Early Notables of the Beayley family (pre 1700)

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Beayley 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:

Beayley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • George Beayley, aged 28, a labourer, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875
  • Mary A. Beayley, aged 25, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875
  • Mary A. Beayley, aged 5, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875
  • William Beayley, aged 5 mths., who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875

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