Show ContentsBeddoes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Beddoes originated with the Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled Britain. It is derived from the Welsh name ap-Eddow meaning son of Eddow. [1] Over time, this has changed to be known as Beddoes.

Early Origins of the Beddoes family

The surname Beddoes was first found in Shropshire where one of the first records of the family was Bedo ap Richard, recorded in 1493. Later, Johanna Bedowe (1577) and John Beddoe (1641) were recorded. [2]

Early History of the Beddoes family

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Beddoes 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 Beddoes has appeared include Beddow, Beddoe, Bedoe, Bedow, Bedows, Bedlow and many more.

Early Notables of the Beddoes 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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United States Beddoes 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 Beddoes arrived in North America very early:

Beddoes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Beddoes, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [3]

Australia Beddoes migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Beddoes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Beddoes, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Claudine" on 19th August 1829, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. James Beddoes, British convict who was convicted in Shorpshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 29th September 1831, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Beddoes (post 1700) +

  • William Beddoes (b. 1955), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 2004, 2008 [6]
  • Emma Beddoes (b. 1985), English professional squash player from Leamington Spa, ranked World no. 20, in 2014
  • The Very Rev Ronald Arthur Beddoes (1912-2000), English Anglican priest, Provost of Derby (1953-1981)
  • Thomas Beddoes (1760-1808), English physician from Shifnal, Shropshire, close friend of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, father of the poet Thomas Lovell Beddoes
  • Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803-1849), English poet, dramatist and physician from Clifton, Bristol
  • Richard Herbert "Dick" Beddoes (1926-1991), Canadian sports journalist and columnist for The Vancouver Sun and The Globe and Mail
  • Ivor William Gilmour Beddoes (1909-1981), British matte painter, sketch and storyboard artist, costume and set designer, re3cently known for his work on Star Wars: Episode V-The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980)
  • Clayton Beddoes (b. 1970), Canadian former professional NHL ice hockey centre who played from 1994 to 2002, CCHA Most Valuable Player in Tournament in 1991
  • Mick Malcolm Millis "Mick" Beddoes, Fijian politician and businessman from Nadi, former President of the United Peoples Party

The Beddoes Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Qui Invidet Minor Est
Motto Translation: He who envies is inferior

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. 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)
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 18th February 2021). Retrieved from
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th January 2020). Retrieved from
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from on Facebook