The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Bedle came from the name of a medieval court official called a beadle.
A beadle performed similar duties to those of a bailiff in a modern court of law, as well as acting as a sort of town crier, and later as a constable of the parish.
Early Origins of the Bedle family
The surname Bedle was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bedle family
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Bedle 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 Bedle family name include Beadell, Beadle, Beadles, Beedle, Beedell, Bedle and others.
Early Notables of the Bedle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bedle 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 Bedle surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Bedle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Edward Bedle, who arrived in Maryland in 1661 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Bedle (post 1700)
- Joseph Dorsett Bedle (1821-1894), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1864; Associate justice of New Jersey State Supreme Court, 1865-75; Governor of New Jersey, 1875-78
- Bennington R. Bedle, American politician, U.S. Consul in Sheffield, 1897