Bempton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the Bempton family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in one of numerous places in England named Bampton. Among these are two villages, and parishes in the counties of Devon, Oxford, Cumberland, and Westminster.

Early Origins of the Bempton family

The surname Bempton was first found in Devon, at Bampton, a market-town and parish, in the union of Tiverton, hundred of Bampton. "Bampton is supposed by Bishop Gibson to have been the Beamdune of the Saxon Chronicle, where, in 614, the Britons were defeated with great slaughter by Cynegils, King of the West Saxons." [1]

Later it was birth place and home to John de Bampton, Archdeacon of Lewes from 1395 to 1419. Many believe that this Carmelite monk whose intervention as a royal official to collect unpaid taxes in Brentwood led to the Peasant's Revolt (Wat Tyler's Rebellion) in 1381.

Bampton Castle in Devon, is a Saxon mound built into a castle which fell in 1607 and only the motte remains today. Another Bampton Castle was fund in Oxfordshire which one reference claims that "in about 1142 AD during the reign of Stephen, Matilda a motte castle was built." This latter castle was demolished before 1789.

John Bampton ( fl. 1340), was an early theologian of the fourteenth century, born at Bampton, in Devon. [2]

Important Dates for the Bempton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bempton research. Another 352 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1208, 1300, 1332, 1400, 1500, 1642, 1700, 1785, 1690, 1751, 1718 and 1751 are included under the topic Early Bempton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bempton Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Bempton include Bampton, Bempton, Bamtone, Bamton, Bammton, Bameton and many more.

Early Notables of the Bempton family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Bempton family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bempton or a variant listed above: Thomas Bampton, who sailed to Nova Scotia in 1749. Charles Bampton was recorded in the Algoma District of Ontario in 1871.

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
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