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Beadle Name Meaning

English:: occupational name for a medieval court official from Middle English bedele (Old English bydel reinforced by Old French bedel). The word is of ancient Germanic origin and akin to Old English bēodan ‘to command’ and Old High German bodo ‘messenger’. In the Middle Ages a beadle in England and France was a junior official of a court of justice responsible for acting as an usher in a court carrying the mace in processions in front of a justice delivering official notices making proclamations (as a sort of town crier) and so on. By Shakespeare's day a beadle was a sort of village constable appointed by the parish to keep order. habitational name from Bedale in North Yorkshire so named from the Old English personal name Bēda + halh ‘nook of land’ or alternatively from one of the many minor places called Bedwell (for example in Essendon and Stevenage Hertfordshire) or Bidwell (for example in Titchmarsh Northamptonshire) with loss of w after a consonant being a common dialect development.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Beagle, Bade, Bradle, Weddle, Searle, Beadles, Belle, Baile, Badley

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Where is the Beadle family from?

You can see how Beadle families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Beadle family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Beadle families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 39 Beadle families living in New York. This was about 45% of all the recorded Beadle's in USA. New York had the highest population of Beadle families in 1840.
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What did your Beadle ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Beadle. 18% of Beadle men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Beadle women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Beadle were Clerk and Housework. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Maid
  • Housework
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Passenger Lists

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There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Beadle. For the veterans among your Beadle ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Beadle lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Beadle life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Beadle in 1952 was 64, and 78 in 2004.

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