Bivins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Welsh name Bivins is a patronymic surname created from the Welsh personal name Evan. The surname Bivins 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.   
"The normal type of Welsh name was a patronymic: Madog ap Jevan ap Jorwerth, ‘Madoc, son of Evan, son of Yorwerth’, a type which resulted ultimately in such names as Pumfrey, Benian, Bevan, etc." 
Early Origins of the Bivins family
The surname Bivins was first found in Herefordshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times. One of the first record of the family was Howel ap-Evan who was listed in the Writs of Parliament c. 1300. The Calendarium Rotulorum Chartarum lists Eygneun ap Yevan, but no dates or location is provided. The plural form "Bevans is a double patronymic, part English, part Welsh, ab-Evan-s." 
The Welsh "ap Evan" version survived for centuries as a Visitation in London in 1633 listed Rys ap Madoc ap Tudir ap Hoel ap Evan.
Early History of the Bivins family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bivins research. Another 142 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1695, 1560, 1748, 1753, 1923, 1691, 1765, 1602, 1586, 1602, 1589, 1589, 1605 and 1637 are included under the topic Early Bivins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bivins Spelling Variations
Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. 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 were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Bivins have included Bevan, Beavan, Beevan, Beaven, Beven, Bevin, Bevins, Bevans, Beavans and many more.
Early Notables of the Bivins family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Silvanus Bevan (1691-1765), Welsh apothecary, who founded the firm Allen & Hanburys; William Bevan, Pen-y-Coed; and Francis Bevans (died 1602) an English lawyer and Principal of Jesus College, Oxford from 1586 to 1602.
Elway Bevin was an eminent theoretical and practical musician, the date of whose birth is unknown. He was of Welsh extraction, and received his musical education under Tallis. According to Wood (Ashmole MS. 8568, 106) he was...
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In the United States, the name Bivins is the 4,139th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. 
Bivins migration to the United States +
Many Welsh joined the great migrations to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like their Scottish and Irish neighbors, many Welsh families left their homeland hoping to find hope and prosperity in a land that the English did not exercise a tight rule over. Those Welsh immigrants that successfully traveled to North America went on to make significant contributions to the rapid development of both Canada and the United States in terms of the settling of land and the establishment of industry. They also added to the rich cultural heritage of both countries. An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Bivins:
Bivins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Margarett Bivins, who arrived in Virginia in 1642 
Bivins Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Mrs. J. F. Bivins, who immigrated to the United States, in 1909
- Earl Bivins, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1918
- Bertha Bivins, aged 53, who settled in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1922
- Andrew Bivins, aged 40, who arrived at New York, N.Y., in 1923
Contemporary Notables of the name Bivins (post 1700) +
- Tim Bivins (b. 1952), American politician, Illinois state senator
- Teel Bivins (1947-2009), American politician, Texas state senator and ambassador to Sweden
- Michael Bivins (b. 1968), American founder and member of the R&B group New Edition and the hip hop group Bell Biv DeVoe
- Charlie Bivins (b. 1938), American retired National Football League running back
- James "Jimmy" Louis Bivins (1919-2012), American heavyweight boxer, inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1999
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The Bivins Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Semper virtuti constans
Motto Translation: Always constant to virtue.
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- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)