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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Origins Available: English, Scottish

Where did the English Beattie family come from? What is the English Beattie family crest and coat of arms? When did the Beattie family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Beattie family history?


During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Beattie occurred in many references, and spelling variations of the name found included Beattie, Beatty, Beaty, Beatie, Betay, Bety and others.

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


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


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


Some of the Beattie 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.


Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name Beattie, or a spelling variation of the surname include:

Beattie Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Miss Beattie, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772
  • Agnes Beattie who arrived in New York City in 1774

Beattie Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Beattie, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Ann Beattie, who arrived in America in 1826
  • Janet Beattie, who landed in America in 1826
  • William Beattie, who landed in New York in 1835
  • Nelson Beattie, who arrived in New York in 1838

Beattie Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Jas Beattie, who arrived in Arkansas in 1900
  • Benjamin Beattie, who landed in New York, NY in 1905


  • Ann Beattie (b. 1947), American short story writer and novelist
  • James Scott Beattie (b. 1978), English footballer
  • Mr. Joseph Beattie (d. 1912), aged 34, English Greaser from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Peter Beattie (b. 1952), Australian politician, 36th Premier of the state of Queensland
  • Lieutenant-Commander Stephen Halden Beattie (1908-1975), British soldier awarded both the Victoria Cross and the Croix de Guerre during WWII
  • Alfred Luther Beattie (1852-1920), Chief Mechanical Engineer of the New Zealand Railways Department between 1900 and 1913
  • Chris Beattie (b. 1975), Australian rugby league footballer
  • Professor James Beattie (1735-1803), Scottish scholar and writer
  • Joseph Hamilton Beattie (1808-1871), Irish-born locomotive engineer, eponym of the Beattie 2-4-0
  • Brigadier Russell Hilton Beattie (b. 1895), Commanding Officer, 14th Canadian Brigade from 1943 to 1944



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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The Beattie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beattie 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.

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