The founding heritage of the Biddement family is in the Anglo-Saxon
culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Biddement comes from when one of the family worked as a person hired to pray for another's soul after his death. The surname Biddement is derived from the Old English terms bede,
which means prayer,
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 Biddement family
The surname Biddement was first found in Somerset
, where they held a family seat
from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Biddement family
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Biddement Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Biddement has been spelled many different ways, including Beadman, Bedman, Bedeman, Bedemon, Beadmann and many more.
Early Notables of the Biddement family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Biddement family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Biddements to arrive in North America: Elizabeth Beadman who arrived in Virginia in 1650.