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Where did the Welsh Bevan family come from? What is the Welsh Bevan family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bevan family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bevan family history?

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.


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.

First found in Herefordshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bevan research. Another 223 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1691, 1695, and 1765 are included under the topic Early Bevan History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 26 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bevan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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

  • Wm 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


  • Mr. Jack Bevan (d. 1915), American 3rd Class passenger from Bellaire, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960), Welsh politician, Minister of Health (19451951), considered the chief architect of the National Health Service
  • Bridget Bevan (1698-1779), Welsh philanthropist
  • James Bevan (1856-1938), Welsh rugby union captain
  • Bev Bevan (b. 1944), English Rock and Roll drummer
  • Edward John Bevan (1856-1921), English industrial chemist
  • Brian Bevan (1924-1991), Australian rugby player
  • David Gilroy Bevan (1928-1996), English politician
  • Michael Bevan (b. 1970), Australian cricketer
  • Paul Bevan (b. 1984), Australian footballer



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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The Bevan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com 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 27 November 2014 at 13:28.

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