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Bedward Coat of Arms / Bedward Family Crest

Bedward Coat of Arms / Bedward Family Crest

The surname of BEDWARD was a baptismal name 'the son of ap-Edward'. The name is of Welsh origin, and found on the borders of the Principality. Early records of the name mention Dafydd ap Edward, who was recorded in 1498, and John Bedard, appears in Wales in 1503. Richard ap Edward of Everton, who was listed in the Wills at Chester in the year 1545. William Bedward and Mary Hayward were married at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1647. John Bedward was in the List of Freemen in Chester in the year 1747. The small villages of Europe, or royal and noble households, even large religious dwellings and monasteries, gave rise to many family names, which reflected the occupation or profession of the original bearer of the name. Following the Crusades in Europe in the 11th 12th and 13th centuries a need was felt for an additional name. This was recognized by those of gentle birth, who realised that it added prestige and practical advantage to their status. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. 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 draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. 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. Edward Beddard and Mary Pritchard were married at St. George's Chapel, Mayfair, London in 1752.


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