Anglo-Saxon surname that came from the name of a medieval court official called a beadle. A beadle performed similar duties to those of a bailiff in a modern court of law, as well as acting as a sort of town crier, and later as a constable of the parish.
Early Origins of the Beddell family
Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Beddell family
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Beddell Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Beddell has been recorded under many different variations, including Beadell, Beadle, Beadles, Beedle, Beedell, Bedle and others.
Early Notables of the Beddell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beddell family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Beddell or a variant listed above:
Beddell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Beddell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
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