Bemish History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Bemish family

The surname Bemish was first found in Normandy where the family was formerly Beaumis, Beaumeys, or Beametz and are from Beaumetz, near Abbeville. Today this is a commune in the Somme department in the Picardie (Picardy) region of northern France. When they arrived in Britain is not known but one can safely assume shortly after the Conquest as Richard de Belmiz, Viscount of Salop (Shropshire) witnessed a charter in 1087 of Salop Abbey. Richards be Beaumez witnessed a charter of Henry I., in 1124. Richard be Belmiz was Bishop of London in 1172. [1] The stronghold of the family was in Durham at Beamish, a township, in the chapelry of Tanfield, parish of Chester-Le-Street, union of Lanchester, Middle division of Chester ward. The place name dates back to 1288 when it was first listed as Bewmys and literally meant "beautiful mansion." from the Old French words "beau" + "mes." [2] "It stands in the wooded vale of Team, which expands itself near the house of Beamish into a fine strath. The mansion, which contains some curious old portraits, is one of the best family residences in the county." [3] Beamish Hall was originally built as a present in 1268 for the wedding of Isabella de la Leigh and Guiscard de Charron. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Robert de Beaumeis, alias Beaumeis in Cambridgeshire; Roger de Beaumes in Shropshire; and Agnes be Beaumeys in Huntingdonshire. [4]

Important Dates for the Bemish family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bemish research. Another 62 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 195 and 1950 are included under the topic Early Bemish History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bemish Spelling Variations

Although the name, Bemish, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Beamish, Beemish, Beames and others.

Early Notables of the Bemish family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Bemish family to Ireland

Some of the Bemish family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 55 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bemish migration to the United States

Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Bemish family name Bemish, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Bemish Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Hills Bemish, aged 43, arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Oceanic" from Cherbourg, France [5]
  • John Bemish, aged 36, originally from Liverpool, arrived in New York in 1924 aboard the ship "Aurania (1924)" from Liverpool, England [6]
  • Hopeph Bemish, aged 27, arrived in New York, N.Y. in 1924 aboard the ship "Silvia" from St. John's, Newfoundland [7]

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Citations

  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX2N-M44 : 6 December 2014), Hills Bemish, 16 Oct 1907; citing departure port Cherbourg, France, arrival port New York, ship name Oceanic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN47-4TG : 6 December 2014), John Bemish, 21 Oct 1924; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Aurania (1924), NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNCC-C3P : 6 December 2014), Hopeph Bemish, 03 Jul 1924; citing departure port St. John's, Newfoundland, arrival port New York, N.Y., ship name Silvia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
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