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The origins of the Bedford name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Bedford was originally derived from a family having lived in the county of Bedfordshire, where the name was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as in "Godwidere and Osgar de Bedeford were tenants in capite, 1086." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


Bedford Early Origins



The surname Bedford was first found in Bedfordshire at Bedford, the county town and the administrative center for the wider Borough of Bedford. The place name dates back to the 9th century when it was listed as Bedanford in 880. By the Domesday Book of 1086, the place name had evolved to Bedeford and literally meant "ford of a man called Bieda," having derived from the Old English personal name + "ford." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Bedfordshire (district of Bedford) is first referenced in the 11th century. Another reference claims the place name is derived the name of a Saxon chief called Beda + "ford." One of the first listings of the place name was a reference to the Anglo-Saxon King Offa of Mercia who was buried in the town in 796. Bedford Castle was a large medieval castle in Bedford probably built after 1100 by Henry I. Today only the base of the motte survives.

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Bedford Spelling Variations


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Bedford Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Bedford include Bedford, Bedforde, Bedforth and others.

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Bedford Early History


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Bedford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bedford research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1240, 1391 and 1451 are included under the topic Early Bedford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bedford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bedford Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bedford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Bedford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ann Bedford settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Nathan Bedford settled in Maine in 1635
  • Nathaniell Bedford settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Jane Bedford settled in Virginia in 1638
  • Jane Bedford, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bedford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hanna Bedford, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Eliza Bedford, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Jahn Bedford, who landed in Virginia in 1716
  • Ed Bedford, who arrived in Virginia in 1717
  • Edward Bedford, who landed in Virginia in 1719
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bedford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hon. John Bedford, who was Judge of Vice Admiralty Court in Barbados in 1805
  • William T Bedford, aged 46, landed in Maryland in 1812
  • Henry Bedford, who arrived in Indiana in 1854

Bedford Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Jonathan Bedford U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Jonathan Bedford Sr., U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Bedford Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Bedford, who landed in Canada in 1831

Bedford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Bedford arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Stebonheath" in 1850
  • William Bedford, English Convict from Bury, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851
  • Elizabeth Bedford (aged 31), a laundry maid, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Gomelza"

Bedford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • W. Bedford arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andover" in 1843
  • Thomas Bedford, aged 31, a blacksmith, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Emily Bedford, aged 29, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • William Bedford arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Pegasus" in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bedford (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bedford (post 1700)



  • James Hiram Bedford (1893-1967), American psychologist, University of California psychology professor, the first person whose body was cryopreserved after legal death; in the cryonics community, the anniversary of his cryopreservation is celebrated as "Bedford Day"
  • Brian Bedford (1935-2016), English-born American Tony Award winning actor, inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1997, probably best remembered for his numerous Shakespearean roles
  • Gunning Bedford Jr. (1747-1812), American lawyer and politician, delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787
  • Walter Bedford (1879-1939), English first-class cricketer, who played two matches for Yorkshire County Cricket Club in May 1903
  • Paddy Bedford (1922-2007), aka "Goowoomji", contemporary Indigenous Australian artist, he took his English name from his birthplace Bedford Downs Station
  • Sybille Bedford OBE (1911-2006), born Freiin Sybille Aleid Elsa von Schoenebeck, a German-born English writer
  • Mark William Bedford (b. 1961), nicknamed "Bedders", an English bass guitarist and founding member of the band Madness
  • John Bedford (1810-1879), English Wesleyan minister
  • John Bedford (1720-1791), English iron worker and industrialist
  • Harry Bedford (1907-1968), English first-class cricketer, who played five games for Yorkshire in 1928
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Bedford Historic Events


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Bedford Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Miss Muriel  Bedford (1903-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. William Barnet Bedford (d. 1912), aged 31, English Assistant Roast Cook from Itchen, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Bedford


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Suggested Readings for the name Bedford



  • New England Bedfords, State by State by Florance Belle Wight.
  • Bedfords from Virginia to Maryland and Delaware (some Pennsylvania) by Florance Belle Wight.

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Motto


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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: Animum fortuna sequatur
Motto Translation: Fortune follows courage.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851

Other References

  1. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  2. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  11. ...

The Bedford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bedford Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 14 January 2016 at 11:00.

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