The ancestry of the name Biddemyn can be traced back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a name for a person hired to pray for another's soul after his death. The surname Biddemyn 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 Biddemyn family
The surname Biddemyn was first found in Somerset
, where they held a family seat
from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Biddemyn family
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Biddemyn Spelling Variations
Biddemyn has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Biddemyn have been found, including Beadman, Bedman, Bedeman, Bedemon, Beadmann and many more.
Early Notables of the Biddemyn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Biddemyn family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Biddemyns to arrive on North American shores: Elizabeth Beadman who arrived in Virginia in 1650.