Question: My name is Tina Beeman and I am doing genealogy research. I am having difficulty locating information for the surname "Beeman". My grandfather, who is no longer living, told me that the Beeman family came from England in the mid to late 1800's and the Beeman Family settled in the state of Iowa U.S.A. If you have any information regarding the Beeman family surname and its origin, I would very much appreciate it. I believe that my great-great grandfather's name was either Harold or William Beeman.
Answer: The Surname BEEMAN is known to me as one of the pronunciations of BEAUMAN, meaning "a good looking gentleman". It is an ancient name, probably brought into this country by the Normans in the 11th and 12th centuries and corrupted into BEEMAN along with other versions of the name, through pronunciation. Those who recorded vital events wrote what they thought they heard according to theeir own spelling sense.
To discover where your ancstry may have come from, however, it would be necessary to have this properly charted and we have facilities through our team of researchers assisting us to do this. For a relatively small fee, you will recieve a map showing you the localisations and a report on known migrants to the New World of the surname in its current form and variants, so that you may then continue your own research. If you have any idea of the age of your great-great grandfather on arrival, we might search a few quarters of General Registration in the 19th century to see if his birth can be located. Contact www.ihgs.ac.uk