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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • French : nickname for someone with a fat belly, from a derivative of bedaine, a regional variant of boudaine ‘fat’. Alternatively, it may be a variant of Bedat, a habitational name from a place so named.
  • A Calvinist family called Bedard from La Rochelle is documented in Charlesbourg, Quebec, in 1666.

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