When the ancestors of the Bewleys family emigrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Worcestershire
. However, the surname of the Bewleys family evolved from the name of their former residence, Beaulieu, a place in Calvados, Normandy.
Early Origins of the Bewleys family
The surname Bewleys was first found in Worcestershire
, at Bewdley, a town and civil parish in the Wyre Forest District. The village dates back to about 1275 when it was listed as Beuleu and literally meant "beautiful place" having derived from the Old French beau + lieu. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
One of the first records of one of the surname's early variants was Simon de Bello Loco of Normandy
who was listed there in 1180 and years later Alexander de Bello Loco paid a fine in Bedfordshire
in 1255. CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Bewley Common is a small village in Wiltshire.
Early History of the Bewleys family
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Bewleys Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Bewleys has been recorded under many different variations, including Bewley, Bewlay, Bowley, Bowlay, Bewlie and others.
Early Notables of the Bewleys family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bewleys family to Ireland
Some of the Bewleys family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 183 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bewleys family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Bewleyss were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Mary Bewley who settled in New England
in 1752; Grace Bewlie settled in New England
in 1635; Ambrose Bewly settled in Virginia in 1642.
The Bewleys Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Cautus metuit foveam lupus
Motto Translation: The cautious wolf fears the snare.