Bedingfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Bedingfield family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in the county of Suffolk, at Bedingfield.

Early Origins of the Bedingfield family

The surname Bedingfield was first found in Suffolk at Bedingfield (Bedingfeld) a parish, in the union and hundred of Hoxne. "The living [of Bedingfield] is a discharged rectory, valued in the king's books at £8, and in the gift of J. J. Bedingfield, Esq., whose family received their name from the parish." [1]

The family settled here soon after the Conquest and claim descendancy from Ogenus de Pugis, also called Longueville, a Norman knight who fought at the Battle of Hastings at the side of Duke William. [2]

Descended from him was Sir Thomas and his brother Sir Peter, ancestors of the Bedingfields, who were living in 1350 at Ditchingham Hall in Norfolk. "The Bedingfelds of Ditchingham, in this county, are a younger branch parted from the parent stem as early as the middle of the fourteenth century. " [3]

Early History of the Bedingfield family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bedingfield research. Another 83 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1720, 1479, 1553, 1523, 1509, 1583, 1613, 1651, 1660, 1654, 1554, 1636, 1586, 1593, 1661, 1648, 1595, 1680, 1632, 1687 and 1686 are included under the topic Early Bedingfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bedingfield Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Beddingfield, Bedingfield, Bedingfeld, Bedingfeil and many more.

Early Notables of the Bedingfield family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Edmund Bedingfield or Bedingfeld (1479-1553), made a Knight of the Bath in 1523; Sir Henry Bedingfield (1509-1583), Lord Chief Justice of England; and his son, Thomas Bedingfield (died 1613), English gentleman pensioner (bodyguard) to Elizabeth I of England; Anthony Bedingfield (died 1651), an English merchant and politician; Philip Bedingfield (died 1660), an English landowner and politician who sat in...
Another 67 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bedingfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Bedingfield migration to the United States +

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bedingfield or a variant listed above:

Bedingfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • R. Bedingfield, aged 37, who landed in America, in 1895
Bedingfield Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Elizabeth Bedingfield, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Frances N. Bedingfield, aged 44, who settled in America from Hensington, England, in 1910
  • Agnes K. Bedingfield, aged 67, who settled in America from Hensington, England, in 1910
  • Catherine Sarah Bedingfield, aged 45, who landed in America from Leicester, England, in 1920
  • Waller King Bedingfield, aged 49, who immigrated to America from Leicester, England, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Bedingfield (post 1700) +

  • James B. Bedingfield Jr. (1924-2022), American lawyer and politician who served in the Oregon House of Representatives from 1964 to 1968
  • W. J. Bedingfield, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Missouri 15th District, 1912
  • Joe Bedingfield, American politician, Mayor of Texarkana, Arkansas, 1907-09
  • Daniel John Bedingfield (b. 1979), New Zealand-born, English singer-songwriter and record producer, brother of Natasha Bedingfield
  • Natasha Anne Bedingfield (b. 1981), English Grammy Award nominated singer and songwriter
  • Frank Bedingfield (1877-1904), English footballer who played from 1898 to 1902
  • Gary Bedingfield (b. 1963), British historian of baseball
  • Glenn Bedingfield (b. 1974), Maltese journalist and formerly a Member of the European Parliament
  • Nikola Bedingfield (b. 1983), British pop singer that sues the stage name Nikola Rachelle

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Ernest J Bedingfield, British Engine Room Artificer 4th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [4]

The Bedingfield 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: Aquila non captat muscas
Motto Translation: The eagle is no fly-catcher.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  4. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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