The name Beevor was brought to England
in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Beevor family lived in Berkshire. The family name, however, is of other geographical derivations, referring to any of several locations in Normandy
The name is composed of the Old French roots beu,
which means fair
and voir, which means to see,
and indicates the bearer's residence in "a place with a fine view."
Early Origins of the Beevor family
The surname Beevor was first found in Berkshire, where they had been granted lands by King William, their liege lord, after the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D. for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings.
Early History of the Beevor family
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Beevor Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Beaver, Beavor, Beavers, Beavors, Beavoirs, Beevers and many more.
Early Notables of the Beevor family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beevor family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Beevor Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- James Rigby Beevor, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "City Of Adelaide" in 1839 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CITY OF ADELAIDE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839CityOfAdelaide.htm
- Mary Beevor, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Stevenson" in 1850 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM STEVENSON 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850WmStevenson.gif
Contemporary Notables of the name Beevor (post 1700)
- Charles Edward Beevor (1854-1908), English neurologist and anatomist
- Antony James Beevor (b. 1946), British historian, professor at the University of London