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Bedow History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

It was among those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Bedow was formed. The name was derived from the Welsh name ap-Eddow. Over time, this has changed to be known as Bedow.

Early Origins of the Bedow family

The surname Bedow was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say long before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Bedow family

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Bedow 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 Bedow include Beddow, Beddoe, Bedoe, Bedow, Bedows, Bedlow and many more.

Early Notables of the Bedow family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: William Bedloe (1650-1680), "dishonest adventurer and 'evidence' in the Popish plot, was born on 20 April 1650, at midday, at Chepstow. We must receive with doubt whatever he reported of his family, his boastfulness and unveracity being notorious; but he 'always kept a diary of his most remarkable adventures for the space of ten years together...
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Migration of the Bedow 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 Bedow were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Bedow Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Alice Bedow, who settled in Virginia in 1660
  • Andrew Bedow, who landed in America in 1660
  • John Bedow, who settled in Barbados in 1660

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