Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a person hired to pray for another's soul after his death. The surname Bidemen 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 Bidemen family
Somerset, where they held a family seat from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Bidemen family
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Bidemen Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Bidemen include Beadman, Bedman, Bedeman, Bedemon, Beadmann and many more.
Early Notables of the Bidemen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bidemen family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Bidemen were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Elizabeth Beadman who arrived in Virginia in 1650.
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