Beeman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Beeman first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived near a mountain. This name was brought to England by the Normans, and is a corruption of the Norman French name Beaumont, which means beautiful mountain.[1]

"In former times, when mead or methlegn was a favourite beverage, the number of bees kept in England must have been much larger than now. Bee-parlts, or enclosures, exist in several parts of the country, though now appropriated to other uses. The keeper of such a park was called Custos Apium-"keeper of the bees"-whence Beeman. " [2]

Early Origins of the Beeman family

The surname Beeman was first found in Suffolk, where R. Benum was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls in 1283. Later William le Bemon was found in Lancashire in 1324. [3]

Early History of the Beeman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beeman research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1283, 1324, 1379, 1500, 1674 and 1793 are included under the topic Early Beeman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Beeman Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Beeman has appeared include Beman, Beeman, Bemon, Beemon, Bayman, Baymon and many more.

Early Notables of the Beeman family (pre 1700)

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Beeman Ranking

In the United States, the name Beeman is the 5,242nd most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [4]

United States Beeman migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Beeman arrived in North America very early:

Beeman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Beeman, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [5]
  • Henry Beeman, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852 [5]
  • J. S. Beeman, aged 42, who settled in America from Southampton, in 1897
Beeman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Lester A Beeman, who immigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Marchio Beeman, aged 51, who landed in America, in 1909
  • George B. Beeman, aged 48, who landed in America from London, England, in 1910
  • Gunnar Beeman, aged 3, who immigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • Richard Beeman, aged 9, who settled in America, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Beeman migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Beeman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Clara Beeman, (b. 1846), aged 17, British domestic servant travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Brothers Pride" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 8th December 1863 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Beeman (post 1700) +

  • Ellen Guon Beeman, née Guon, an American fantasy and science fiction author, television screenwriter and computer game designer/producer
  • Dr. Edward E. Beeman, American physician and inventor of chewing gum originally made from pepsin
  • Josiah Horton "Joe" Beeman V (1934-2006), American politician and Ambassador of the United States to New Zealand (1994-1999)
  • Greg Beeman (b. 1962), American Directors Guild of America Award winning, Primetime Emmy Award nominated film and television director and producer, known for his work on Smallville (2001) and Heroes (2006)
  • John Beeman, American composer
  • Richard Beeman (b. 1942), Professor of American History at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Alonzo P Beeman (b. 1841), American soldier in the Union Army during the Civil War, and member of the Michigan State House of Representatives
  • Henry Beeman, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 2nd District, 1940 [7]
  • G. O. Beeman, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 18th District, 1948 [7]
  • Bess O. Beeman, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1956 [7]
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name Beeman +

  • The Descendants of Thomas Beeman of Kent, Connecticut by Gwen Boyer Bjorkman.

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
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  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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