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Where did the French Bedard family come from? What is the French Bedard family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bedard family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bedard family history?

The ancient history of the Bedard name begins in the Middle Ages in the northern coastal region of Normandy. The name is derived from when the family resided in Bretagne, where the family held a family seat since the early Middle Ages.


Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Bedard, including Bédel, Bedel, Bedeau, Bedaux, Bedaud, Bédard, Bedard, Bédat, Bedat, Bédarieux, Bédarrieux, Bédarride, Bédarridat, Dubédel, Dubedel, Dubedeau, Dubedaux, Dubedaud, Dubedat and many more.

First found in Britanny (Bretagne) where the family held a family seat in early times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bedard research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1666, 1804, 1810, 1847, and 1863 are included under the topic Early Bedard History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 57 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bedard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. Despite the loss of the Colony to England, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the Bedard surname were

Bedard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Marie Bedard, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1763

Bedard Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Marie Bedard, who arrived in Montreal in 1653
  • Isaac Bédard, a carpenter, who married Marie Girard in 1644 in La Rochelle, France, and settled with his entire family in Notre-Dame-des-Anges, near Quebec city, in 1663


  • Irene Bedard (b. 1967), American actress best known for her portrayal of Native American characters
  • Joseph A. Bedard, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for New Hampshire Governor's Council 3rd District, 1938
  • Gregory Bedard, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1996
  • Patrick Bedard (b. 1941), American racing journalist
  • James Leo "Jim" Bedard (b. 1927), retired Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who played 22 games in the National Hockey League with the Chicago Black Hawks
  • James Arthur "Jim" Bedard (b. 1956), retired Canadian ice hockey goaltender
  • Denis Bédard (b. 1950), Canadian composer of organ works
  • David Peter Bédard (b. 1965), Canadian three-time silver medalist diver at the 1986 and 1990 Commonwealth Games
  • Érik Bedard (b. 1979), Canadian Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Éric Bedard (b. 1976), Canadian ten-time gold, nine-time silver medalist speed skater



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The Bedard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bedard Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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