The surname of BEVIS was of two-fold origin, it was a locational name 'of Beauvais' a spot in France. The name was probably brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. It was also a baptismal name 'the son of Beavins or Bevins' an ancient, although now forgotten personal name. Early records of the name mention Simon de Beauveys who was documented during the reign of Edward I (1272-1307). Philip de Beauveys, London, ibid. Edward Beavis of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Since the dawn of civilisation the need to communicate has been a prime drive of all higher mankind. The more organised the social structure became, the more urgent the need to name places, objects and situations essential to the survival and existence of the social unit. From this common stem arose the requirements to identify families, tribes and individual members evolving into a pattern in evidence today. In the formation of this history, common usage of customs, trades, locations, patronymic and generic terms were often adopted as surnames. The demands of bureaucracy formally introduced by feudal lords in the 11th century, to define the boundaries and families within their fiefdoms, crystallized the need for personal identification and accountability, and surnames became in general use from this time onwards. Later instances of the name include Edward Beavys and Elizabeth Comes who were married in London at St. George's, Hanover Square in 1557. Peter Bevis of County Devon, registered at Oxford University in the year 1606. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour. In many parts of central and western Europe, hereditary surnames began to become fixed at around the 12th century, and have developed and changed slowly over the years. As society became more complex, and such matters as the management of tenure, and in particular the collection of taxes were delegated to special functionaries, it became imperative to distinguish a more complex system of nomenclature to differentiate one individual from another.
The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered in Devonshire, traceable in that county to the reign of Henry IV (1399-1413).
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