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
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
from the Middle Ages.
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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.
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.