Bevans History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Welsh name Bevans is a patronymic surname created from the Welsh personal name Evan. The surname Bevans was originally ab-Evan, or ap-Evan: the distinctive Welsh patronymic prefix "ab" or "ap," means "son of," but the prefix has been assimilated into the surname over the course of time.

Early Origins of the Bevans family

The surname Bevans was first found in Herefordshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the Bevans family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bevans research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1695, 1923, 1691, 1765, 1602, 1586 and 1602 are included under the topic Early Bevans History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bevans Spelling Variations

There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Bevans have included Bevan, Beavan, Beevan, Beaven, Beven, Bevin, Bevins, Bevans, Beavans and many more.

Early Notables of the Bevans family (pre 1700)

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Bevans migration to the United States

Many Welsh families joined their Scottish and Irish neighbors during the late 1800s and early 1900s in seeking refuge in North America. Like the Irish and Scottish, many Welsh anxiously awaited the work, freedom, and opportunities that they believed lay in North America. Those who did journey over to the United States and what became known as Canada often realized those dreams, but only through much toil and perseverance. Whenever and however these Welsh immigrants arrived in North America, they were instrumental in the creation of the industry, commerce, and cultural heritage within those two developing nations. In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Bevans were found:

Bevans Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • E T Bevans, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1860 [1]

Bevans migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bevans Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Bevans, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glen Huntley" in 1849 [2]

Bevans 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:

Bevans Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Bevans, (b. 1853), aged 21, Welsh labourer from Monmouthshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Tweed" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bevans (post 1700)

  • James Millikin Bevans (1899-1977), American Major General in the United States Air Force awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star Medal
  • Clement Guy "Clem" Bevans (1879-1963), American character actor, best known for his roles in Saboteur (1942), Harvey (1950), The Yearling (1946) and Sergeant York (1941)
  • Major-General James Millikin Bevans (1899-1977), American Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel on the Air Staff (1943-1945) [4]
  • Santiago Bevans (1777-1832), English engineer who was hired by the Argentine government to engineer Buenos Aires water system; his daughter Maria Bevans Bright was mother to the Argentine president Carlos Pellegrini
  • Matt Bevans (b. 1993), English footballer who currently plays for Oxford City
  • Stanley Bevans (b. 1934), English footballer who played for Stoke City (1950-1955)


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The GLEN HUNTLEY 1849. Retrieved from
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  4. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 6) James Bevans. Retrieved from
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