This interesting name is of Medieval French origin and is a dialectal variant of the name Beaumont, itself a locational name from any of the five places in Normandy so called. It derives from the Old French 'beu' meaning fair, lovely and 'mont' meaning hill. There are a number of places in England which, under Norman influence, came to be called Beaumont, the most outstanding being an Essex location which changed its name from 'fulepet' (foul pit) to Beaumont (beautiful hill). Robert de Beaumont (deceased 1118) fought alongside William the Conqueror in the Norman invasions of England, 1066. He took his name from the family estate at Beaumont le Roger in Normandy. Most English bearers of this name are descended form Henry de Beaumont (deceased 1340) who came to England from France as a soldier. One Thomas Beamont married Matilda Kearney on November 8th 1864 at St. Paul's, Bunhill Row, Finsbury, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Rogerius de Belmont, which was dated 1086, Domesday Book, Dorset, during the reign of King William I, The Conqueror, 1066 - 1087. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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