Continuing Research

Notables Added the last 12 months
FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
An excerpt from archives copyright 2000 - 2016

The Welsh name Bevan is a patronymic surname created from the Welsh personal name Evan. The surname Bevan 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 surname Bevan was first found in Herefordshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Bevan has occasionally been spelled Bevan, Beavan, Beevan, Beaven, Beven, Bevin, Bevins, Bevans, Beavans and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bevan research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1695, 1923, 1691, 1765, 1602, 1586 and 1602 are included under the topic Early Bevan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bevan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


The Welsh migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Bevan:

Bevan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Arthur Bevan who settled in Connecticut in 1620
  • Bartholomew Bevan settled in Virginia in 1634
  • Grace Bevan settled in New England 1654
  • Lewis Bevan, who landed in America in 1654
  • Thomas Bevan arrived in Maryland in 1663
  • ...

Bevan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Bevan, who arrived in America in 1764

Bevan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Bevan, who landed in Connecticut in 1812
  • Edward Bevan, who landed in New York, NY in 1833
  • James Bevan, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852
  • Sarah Bevan, aged 35, arrived in New York in 1864
  • Susannah Bevan, who arrived in New York in 1864
  • ...

Bevan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Bevan, aged 22, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
  • Henry Bevan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1849
  • Thomas Bevan, aged 28, Welsh Convict from Glamorgan, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Phillip Bevan, aged 27, a mason, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Navarino"
  • Samuel Bevan, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Adelaide"
  • ...

Bevan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edward Bevan landed in Ohau, New Zealand in 1840
  • Thomas Bevan landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Lady Nugent
  • George Bevan landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Lady Nugent
  • Thomas Bevan, aged 29, a rope maker, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • George Bevan, aged 17, a labourer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • ...

  • Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960), Welsh politician, Minister of Health (19451951), considered the chief architect of the National Health Service
  • James Bevan (1856-1938), Welsh rugby union captain
  • Bridget Bevan (1698-1779), Welsh philanthropist
  • Sir Timothy Hugh Bevan (1927-2016), English heir, lawyer and banker, Chairman of Barclays Bank from 1981 to 1987
  • Bev Bevan (b. 1944), English Rock and Roll drummer
  • Tim Bevan CBE (b. 1958), New Zealand film producer
  • Paul Bevan (b. 1984), Australian footballer
  • Michael Bevan (b. 1970), Australian cricketer
  • David Gilroy Bevan (1928-1996), English politician
  • Brian Bevan (1924-1991), Australian rugby player
  • ...

Bevan Historic Events

Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. William G. Bevan (1888-1914), English Third Class Passenger from Liverpool, England, United Kingdom who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Hanbury Victor Bevan (1916-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Victoria Park, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Cecil Bevan, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Jack Bevan, American 3rd Class passenger from Bellaire, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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.


Most Popular Family Crest Products
Bevan Armorial History With Coat of ArmsBevan Armorial History With Coat of Arms
Bevan Coat of Arms & Surname History PackageBevan Coat of Arms & Surname History Package
Bevan Family Crest Image (jpg) Heritage SeriesBevan Family Crest Image (jpg) Heritage Series
Bevan Coat of Arms/Family Crest Key-chainBevan Coat of Arms/Family Crest Key-chain
Bevan Coat of Arms/Family Crest Coffee MugBevan Coat of Arms/Family Crest Coffee Mug
Bevan Armorial History with FrameBevan Armorial History with Frame
Bevan Framed Surname History and Coat of ArmsBevan Framed Surname History and Coat of Arms




    Other References

    1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    3. Rowlands, John, John Rowlands and Sheila Rowlands. Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1999. Print. (ISBN 080631620).
    4. Morgan, T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan. Welsh Surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1985. Print.
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Thirsk, Joan ed. Et. Al. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-005-8).
    8. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    11. ...

    The Bevan Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Bevan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 7 July 2016 at 00:31.

    Sign Up


    FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more