Bedune History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In the Middle Ages, Viking immigrants settled the shores of Scotland and named many places. The Bedune name was then created from one of these place names. They lived in Béthune in Pas-de-Calais, Picardy, France.

Early Origins of the Bedune family

The surname Bedune was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they acquired lands. "This illustrious name is traceable, beyond question, to Robert, surnamed Faisseus, seigneur of the town of Bethune, in Artois, in the year 1000, and there is good reason to suppose that he was a descendant of the ancient Counts of Artois." [1]

Important Dates for the Bedune family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bedune research. Another 140 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1332, 1778, 1470, 1539, 1494, 1546 and 1545 are included under the topic Early Bedune History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bedune Spelling Variations

Intuition and sound were the primary sources medieval scribes used to judge appropriate spellings and translations for names. The spelling of a name thus varied according to who was doing the recording. The different spelling variations of Bedune include Bethune, Betune and others.

Early Notables of the Bedune family (pre 1700)

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bedune Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Bedune family

In their new home, Scots found land and opportunity, and some even fought for their new freedom in the American War of Independence. Some, who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, the ancestors of both of these groups have begun recovering their illustrious national heritage through Clan societies and other Scottish historical organizations. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Bedune name: Anne Bethune who settled in New York in 1822; followed by N. Bethune in New York in 1825.

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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.
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