Bedemend History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Bedemend family name dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name comes from when an early member worked as a person hired to pray for another's soul after his death. The surname Bedemend 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 Bedemend family
The surname Bedemend was first found in Somerset, where they held a family seat from the Middle Ages.
Lawrence Bedeman or Stevine (fl. 1372-1410), was a supporter of Wycliffe who appears first, in 1372, as a scholar of Stapeldon Hall. He was ultimately rector, holding this office from 1379 to 1380. After this he was made rector of Lifton, in Devonshire, and held this benefice as late as 11 June 1410, when he was licensed to preach in Latin or English. 
Early History of the Bedemend family
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Bedemend Spelling Variations
Bedemend has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Bedemend have been found, including Beadman, Bedman, Bedeman, Bedemon, Beadmann and many more.
Early Notables of the Bedemend family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bedemend family
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bedemends to arrive on North American shores: Elizabeth Beadman who arrived in Virginia in 1650.