Bedan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Bedan is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and comes from the Welsh name ap-Eddow. Over time, this has changed to be known as Bedan.
Early Origins of the Bedan family
The surname Bedan was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say long before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Bedan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bedan research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1650, 1680 and 1650 are included under the topic Early Bedan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bedan Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Bedan has been spelled many different ways, including Beddow, Beddoe, Bedoe, Bedow, Bedows, Bedlow and many more.
Early Notables of the Bedan family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: William Bedloe (1650-1680), "dishonest adventurer and 'evidence' in the Popish plot, was born on 20 April 1650, at midday, at Chepstow. We must receive with doubt whatever he reported of his family, his boastfulness and unveracity being notorious; but he 'always kept a diary of his most remarkable adventures for the space of ten years together...
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Migration of the Bedan family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Bedans to arrive in North America: William Beddo who settled in Virginia in 1727; Alice Bedow settled in Virginia in 1660; Andrew Bedow landed in America in 1660; John Bedow settled in Barbados in 1660..
Contemporary Notables of the name Bedan (post 1700) +
- Greg Bedan, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 2008 
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