name Bedman comes from when its first bearer worked as a person hired to pray for another's soul after his death. The surname Bedman 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 Bedman family
The surname Bedman was first found in Somerset
, where they held a family seat
from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Bedman family
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Bedman Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Bedman include Beadman, Bedman, Bedeman, Bedemon, Beadmann and many more.
Early Notables of the Bedman family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bedman family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bedman or a variant listed above:
Bedman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Delius S Bedman, who landed in Minnesota in 1871 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)
Bedman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Clothier Bedman, aged 34, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
- Amelia Bedman, aged 35, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
- George Bedman, aged 6, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874