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Origins Available: English, Scottish

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


Although the name, Beatty, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings 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 Beatty research. Another 151 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1597, 1603, 1735, 1771, and 1803 are included under the topic Early Beatty History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Beatty 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 cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Beatty family name Beatty, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Beatty Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Charles Beatty, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Daniel Beatty, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1744
  • William Beatty came to Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1774
  • Patrick Beatty arrived in Newcastle, Del. in 1789
  • James Beatty, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1795

Beatty Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Beatty, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Stephen Beatty, aged 2, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • Isabella Beatty, aged 22, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • Rebecca Beatty, aged 21, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Rich Beatty, who arrived in America in 1805


  • Clyde Beatty (1903-1965), American lion tamer, animal trainer and circus impresario
  • Ned Beatty (b. 1937), American two-time Emmy Award winning and Academy Award nominated actor
  • Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968), American-born, Irish mining engineer and art collector, knighted in Ireland, known as "King of Copper"
  • Warren Beatty (b. 1937), American four Golden Globe Awards winning actor, producer, screenwriter and director
  • Rear Admiral Frank Edmund Beatty (1853-1926), officer in the United States Navy, eponymn USS Beatty (DD-756)
  • John Beatty (b. 1961), American illustrator who has worked for Marvel Comics and DC Comics
  • John Beatty (1828-1914), American banker, statesman and brigadier general in the Union Army during the American Civil War
  • Charles "Chuck" Beatty (b. 1946), American politician from Midlothian, Texas and former American NFL football player
  • Joyce Beatty (1950-2013), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio's 3rd district (2013)
  • Christopher Beatty (b. 1973), American college football assistant coach



  • Descendants of George S. Carrier and Mariah Foresman (including the Beatty Family) by Wilma May Myers.

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