Biffant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Welsh name Biffant is a patronymic surname created from the Welsh personal name Evan. The surname Biffant was originally ab-Evan, or ap-Evan: the distinctive Welsh patronymic prefix "ab" or "ap," means "son of," but the prefix has been assimilated into the surname over the course of time.
Early Origins of the Biffant family
The surname Biffant was first found in Herefordshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Important Dates for the Biffant family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Biffant research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1695, 1923, 1691, 1765, 1602, 1586 and 1602 are included under the topic Early Biffant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Biffant Spelling Variations
The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. It was up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Biffant have included Bevan, Beavan, Beevan, Beaven, Beven, Bevin, Bevins, Bevans, Beavans and many more.
Early Notables of the Biffant family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Biffant family
During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Biffant: Arthur Bevan who settled in Connecticut in 1620; Bartholomew settled in Virginia 1634; Grace Bevan in New England 1654; Thomas Bevan in Maryland in 1663.