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Where did the English Beaty family come from? What is the English Beaty family crest and coat of arms? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Beaty family history?

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The name Beaty, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Beattie, Beatty, Beaty, Beatie, Betay, Bety and others.

First found in Roxburghshire, Scotland, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beaty research. Another 151 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1597, 1603, 1735, 1771, and 1803 are included under the topic Early Beaty History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 73 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beaty Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Beaty family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 109 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Beaty family, or who bore a variation of the surname Beaty were

Beaty Settlers in the 18th Century


  • James Beaty came to Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1766
  • James Beaty arrived in Delaware in 1785

Beaty Settlers in the 19th Century


  • Jonathan Beaty, who landed in South Carolina in 1807
  • John Beaty, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Geo Beaty, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Mary Beaty, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Richard Beaty, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812


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  • Shirley MacLean Beaty (b. 1934), American actor better known as Shirley MacLaine
  • Henry Warren Beaty (b. 1937), American actor better known as Warren Beatty
  • Arthur David Beaty (1919-1999), British writer, pilot and psychologist
  • Chris Beaty, former bassist for the Christian Punk Ska band The O.C. Supertones
  • James A. Beaty Jr. (b. 1949), U.S. District Judge and former federal judicial nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • James Beaty Jr. (1831-1899), Mayor of Toronto from 1879 to 1880 and a Canadian Member of Parliament from 1880 to 1887
  • James Beaty Sr. (1798-1892), Canadian Member of Parliament from 1867 to 1874, published the Toronto Leader newspaper
  • Madisen Beaty (b. 1995), American teen actress based in the Los Angeles, California area
  • Martin Beaty (1784-1856), United States Representative from Kentucky
  • Powhatan Beaty (1837-1916), African American soldier and actor, recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Chaffin's Farm

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Lumen coeleste sequamur
Motto Translation: May we follow heavenly inspiration.

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  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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The Beaty Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beaty Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 15 July 2013 at 17:17.

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