Betemynd History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Anglo-Saxon name Betemynd comes from when its first bearer worked as a person hired to pray for another's soul after his death. The surname Betemynd is derived from the Old English terms bede, which means prayer, and man, which means man. In medieval England, there were also beadhouses, or almshouses for the poor, where the inhabitants were required to pray for their benefactors. In a publication by Skelton in 1528, he wrote of Other smale mynisters, as reders and singers, bedemen and bellringers.
Early Origins of the Betemynd family
The surname Betemynd was first found in Somerset, where they held a family seat from the Middle Ages.
Lawrence Bedeman or Stevine (fl. 1372-1410), was a supporter of Wycliffe who appears first, in 1372, as a scholar of Stapeldon Hall. He was ultimately rector, holding this office from 1379 to 1380. After this he was made rector of Lifton, in Devonshire, and held this benefice as late as 11 June 1410, when he was licensed to preach in Latin or English. 
Early History of the Betemynd family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Betemynd research. Another 200 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1381, 1500, 1659, 1793, 1372, 1410 and 1372 are included under the topic Early Betemynd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Betemynd 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 Betemynd include Beadman, Bedman, Bedeman, Bedemon, Beadmann and many more.
Early Notables of the Betemynd family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Betemynd 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 Betemynd or a variant listed above: Elizabeth Beadman who arrived in Virginia in 1650.
- Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print