Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was given to a person who was a person hired to pray for another's soul after his death. The surname Beddemane is derived from the Old English terms bede, which means prayer, and man, which means man. In medieval England, there were also beadhouses, or almshouses for the poor, where the inhabitants were required to pray for their benefactors. In a publication by Skelton in 1528, he wrote of Other smale mynisters, as reders and singers, bedemen and bellringers.
Early Origins of the Beddemane family
Somerset, where they held a family seat from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Beddemane family
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Beddemane Spelling Variations
spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Beddemane family name include Beadman, Bedman, Bedeman, Bedemon, Beadmann and many more.
Early Notables of the Beddemane family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beddemane family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Beddemane or a variant listed above: Elizabeth Beadman who arrived in Virginia in 1650.
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