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The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought many new words to England from which surnames were formed. Bevis was one of these new Norman names. It was specifically tailored to its first bearer, who was a friend, and is a somewhat nondescript form of affectionate address, somewhat like pal or mate in modern English. The name translates from the Old French root belfiz of the same meaning. The modern French meaning of the word as son in law was not in place until 1468.

Bevis Early Origins



The surname Bevis was first found in Hampshire, where they were granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest in 1066. They were descended from the Beauvais in Normandy, and appear on the honor roll of Battell Abbey, as accompanying Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Bevis Spelling Variations


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Bevis Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Bevis, Bevys, Beavis, Beavys and others.

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Bevis Early History


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Bevis Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bevis research. Another 166 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1254, 1693, 1731, and 1771 are included under the topic Early Bevis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bevis Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bevis Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bevis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Bevis or a variant listed above:

Bevis Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Elizabeth Bevis settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Elizabeth Bevis, who arrived in Virginia in 1654
  • Benjamin Bevis who settled in Maryland in 1663
  • Robert Bevis, who arrived in Maryland in 1670
  • Benjamin Bevis, who landed in Maryland in 1675
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bevis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jane Bevis, who landed in Virginia in 1718

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bevis (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bevis (post 1700)



  • Leslie Bevis (b. 1957), American actress
  • Arch Bevis (b. 1955), Australian politician, Federal Member for Brisbane (1990-), Shadow Minister for Homeland Security and Territories
  • Andrew Bevis, Australian actor

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Bevis Historic Events


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Bevis Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Joseph Henry Bevis (d. 1912), aged 22, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    11. ...

    The Bevis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bevis Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 19 February 2014 at 09:38.

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