Early Origins of the Bedward family
The surname Bedward was first found in Merionethshire
(Welsh: Sir Feirionnydd), made a county in Northwest Wales
in 1284, and anciently part of the kingdom of Gwynedd, where they held a family seat
. The Celtic resistance north and south along the border of Wales
was considerably increased after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The Normans
met more resistance from the Welsh
than in the rest of England
. The Welsh
fought from behind their hills and mountains and tenaciously held their ground. Finally, Edward 1st, to placate this founding nation, conferred the principality of Wales
upon his eldest son, who became Edward II. This brought Wales
as an equal while the King was alive, and integral part of the royal title when on the throne. Edward III confirmed and all Princes of Wales
were presented to the Welsh
people at Caernarvon Castle. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Welsh
surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1536 when Hoell ap Bedward held a family seat
in that shire.
Early History of the Bedward family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bedward research.Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Bedward History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bedward Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Bedward, Bedwart, Beddard, Bedard, Bettard, Betward, Betard, Abeddart, Abeddard, Bederd, Bedwood and many more.
Early Notables of the Bedward family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Bedward Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bedward family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Bedward Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Rhoda Bedward, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from St. Elizebeth, Jamacia, in 1919
- Marie Bedward, aged 19, who settled in America from Colon, Panama, in 1921
- David Bedward, aged 39, who emigrated to the United States, in 1922
Contemporary Notables of the name Bedward (post 1700)
- Alexander Bedward (d. 1930), Jamaican religious leader