Show ContentsBebbington History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient roots of the Bebbington family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Bebbington comes from when the family lived in the Wirral Peninsula where they were from Bebington, near Birkenhead. Bebbe comes from the Anglo-Saxon babbe, which means protector. [1]

Early Origins of the Bebbington family

The surname Bebbington was first found in Cheshire at Bebington, a parish, in the union, and Lower division of the hundred, of Wirrall. "The manor of Higher Bebington was held for several generations by the family of Bebington, the elder branch of which became extinct in the reign of Richard II.: a younger branch settled at Nantwich. Richard Bebington, of this family, had six sons and a brother slain at the battle of Flodden Field. The manor passed with the heiress of the elder branch to the Minshulls." [2]

By the 14th century, early rolls point to the widespread use of the name is a variety of early spellings including: Adam de Bebyngton in Cambridgeshire; Hugh Bebynton in London in 1403; and Peter Bebynton in Cheshire in 1492. [3]

"The Bebbingtons derived their name from a Cheshire parish. The ancient family of De Bebington held the manor of that name for several generations up to the time of Richard II.; a younger branch settled at Nantwich, and one of its members lost six sons on the field of Flodden in 1513. The Bebbingtons have still their principal home in the Nantwich district, where they are numerously represented." [4]

Early History of the Bebbington family

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Bebbington Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Bebbington has appeared include Bebbington, Bebington, Bebbinton, Bebinton and many more.

Early Notables of the Bebbington family (pre 1700)

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United States Bebbington migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Bebbington arrived in North America very early:

Bebbington Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Bebbington, who landed in Albany, NY in 1715 [5]

New Zealand Bebbington 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:

Bebbington Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mary Bebbington, aged 22, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878

Contemporary Notables of the name Bebbington (post 1700) +

  • Thomas E. Bebbington, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Ashford; Elected 1930 [6]
  • Frank E. Bebbington, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Ashford, 1932 [6]
  • Keith Richard Bebbington (b. 1943), English footballer
  • Bernard Nicholas Bebbington (1910-1980), English policeman and author, Home Office adviser on police management services
  • Mark Bebbington (b. 1972), British concert pianist
  • David W Bebbington (b. 1949), Professor of history at the University of Stirling, Scotland (1976)
  • Anthony Bebbington (b. 1962), Professor of Nature, Society and Development at the University of Manchester, England

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook