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Bedward Early Origins



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 and England 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 into England 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.

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Bedward Spelling Variations


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Bedward Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Bedward, Bedwart, Beddard, Bedard, Bettard, Betward, Betard, Abeddart, Abeddard, Bederd, Bedwood and many more.

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Bedward Early History


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Bedward Early History



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.

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Bedward Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bedward Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bedward Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bedward (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bedward (post 1700)



  • Alexander Bedward (d. 1930), Jamaican religious leader

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    2. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    5. Evans, Gwynfor. Wales: A History: 2000 Years of Welsh History. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-120-2).
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    7. Rowlands, John, John Rowlands and Sheila Rowlands. Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1999. Print. (ISBN 080631620).
    8. Bradsley C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print.
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-005-8).
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    The Bedward Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bedward Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 9 March 2014 at 15:51.

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