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Bideham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Bideham is an old Anglo-Saxon name that was given to a person who was a person hired to pray for another's soul after his death. The surname Bideham is derived from the Old English terms bede, which means prayer, and man, 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 Bideham family


The surname Bideham was first found in Somerset, where they held a family seat from the Middle Ages.

Early History of the Bideham family


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Bideham Spelling Variations


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Bideham has been recorded under many different variations, including Beadman, Bedman, Bedeman, Bedemon, Beadmann and many more.

Early Notables of the Bideham family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Bideham family to the New World and Oceana


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bideham or a variant listed above: Elizabeth Beadman who arrived in Virginia in 1650.

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