The ancient name of Bedehan finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a person hired to pray for another's soul after his death. The surname Bedehan is derived from the Old English terms bede,
which means prayer,
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 Bedehan family
The surname Bedehan was first found in Somerset
, where they held a family seat
from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Bedehan family
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Bedehan Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bedehan family name include Beadman, Bedman, Bedeman, Bedemon, Beadmann and many more.
Early Notables of the Bedehan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bedehan 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. Early immigrants bearing the Bedehan surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Elizabeth Beadman who arrived in Virginia in 1650.