Beatty History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Beatty is a name that comes from the Boernicians of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is derived from Bate or Baty, diminutive forms of Bartholomew. Most sources claim the name is a metronymic derived from the name Beatrice, but really the name was more probably from "Bate or Baty, pet or diminutive forms of Bartholomew." [1]

To confuse matters more, the name could also be from the Gaelic "biadhtach", which refers to a tenant granted land in return for feeding certain people chosen by the chief.

Regardless, the first record of the family was Gilbert fitz Beatrice who was living in the county of Roxburghe in 1296. He rendered homage to King Edward I upon his invasion of Scotland in that year. "Beatties and Beatsons were fairly numerous in Upper Eskdale, and In Ewesdale, and Wauchopedale. The name is also found in Berwick-on-Tweed as early as 1334." [1]

Early Origins of the Beatty family

The surname Beatty was first found in Roxburghshire, where the name is a "well-known Border surname, commonly explained as a metronymic from Beatrice, but really from Bate or Baty, pet or diminutive forms of Bartholomew. " [1]

Early History of the Beatty family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beatty research. Another 196 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1473, 1567, 1585, 1513, 1558, 1565, 1635, 1574, 1597, 1603, 1620, 1735, 1803, 1771 and are included under the topic Early Beatty History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Beatty Spelling Variations

Since medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, and since there were no consistent rules for the translation of rules from Gaelic to English, spelling variations are extremely common in Boernician names of this vintage. Beatty has been spelled Beattie, Beatty, Beaty, Beatie, Betay, Bety and others.

Early Notables of the Beatty family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Beatty family to Ireland

Some of the Beatty family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 61 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Beatty migration to the United States +

Many of the Boernician-Scottish families who crossed the Atlantic settled along the eastern seaboard in communities that would become the backbone of the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. In the War of Independence, American families that remained loyal to the Crown moved north into Canada and became known as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestral culture of all of these proud Scottish families remains alive in North America in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Beatty or a variant listed above:

Beatty Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Charles Beatty, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729 [2]
  • Daniel Beatty, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1744 [2]
  • William Beatty, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1774
  • Patrick Beatty, who arrived in Newcastle, Del. in 1789
  • James Beatty, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1795 [2]
Beatty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Beatty, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1802 [2]
  • Stephen Beatty, aged 2, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [2]
  • Isabella Beatty, aged 22, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [2]
  • Rebecca Beatty, aged 21, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [2]
  • Rich Beatty, who arrived in America in 1805 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Beatty migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Beatty Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Matty Beatty, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Richard Beatty, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Mrs. Ellen Beatty, aged 32 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Mary Brack " departing 3rd May 1847 from Limerick, Ireland; the ship arrived on 12th June 1847 but she died on board [3]
  • Mr. Hugh Beatty, aged 6 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Eliza Caroline" departing 3rd May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 14th June 1847 but he died on board [3]
  • Miss. Sarah Beatty, aged 2 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Emigrant" departing 11th August 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 3rd October 1847 but she died on board [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Beatty migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Beatty Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Robert Beatty, aged 19, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "South Sea"
  • Isabella Beatty, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "South Sea"
  • Andrew Beatty, aged 31, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Agincourt"
  • Thomas Beatty, aged 19, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Agincourt"
  • Mary Jane Beatty, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "General Hewett"

New Zealand Beatty migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Beatty Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Beatty, (b. 1817), aged 44, English farm labourer, from Langford travelling from London aboard the ship "Royal Stuart" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th October 1861 [4]
  • Mrs. Margaret Beatty, (b. 1817), aged 44, English settler, from Langford travelling from London aboard the ship "Royal Stuart" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th October 1861 [4]
  • Miss Margaret Beatty, (b. 1843), aged 18, English farm servant, from Langford travelling from London aboard the ship "Royal Stuart" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th October 1861 [4]
  • Miss Jane Beatty, (b. 1844), aged 17, English farm servant, from Langford travelling from London aboard the ship "Royal Stuart" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th October 1861 [4]
  • Mr. Alexander Beatty, (b. 1846), aged 15, English farm labourer, from Langford travelling from London aboard the ship "Royal Stuart" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th October 1861 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Beatty (post 1700) +

  • Roger Beatty (1933-2020), American five-time Emmy Award winning television writer, best known for his work on the Carol Burnett Show, the Bing Crosby Show, the Red Skelton Show and the Danny Kaye Show
  • Rear Admiral Frank Edmund Beatty (1853-1926), officer in the United States Navy, eponym of the USS Beatty (DD-756)
  • Christopher Beatty (b. 1973), American college football assistant coach
  • Joyce Beatty (1950-2013), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio's 3rd district (2013)
  • Charles "Chuck" Beatty (b. 1946), American politician from Midlothian, Texas and former American NFL football player
  • John Beatty (1828-1914), American banker, statesman and brigadier general in the Union Army during the American Civil War
  • John Beatty (b. 1961), American illustrator who has worked for Marvel Comics and DC Comics
  • Warren Beatty (b. 1937), American four Golden Globe Awards winning actor, producer, screenwriter and director [5]
  • Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968), American-born, Irish mining engineer and art collector, knighted in Ireland, known as "King of Copper"
  • Ned Beatty (b. 1937), American two-time Emmy Award winning and Academy Award nominated actor
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Flight TWA 800
  • Mr. Charles Beatty (1946-1996), from Sportsylvania County, Virginia, USA, American engineer for the Navel Surface Warfare Center flying aboard flight TWA 800 from J.F.K. Airport, New York to Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome when the plane crashed after takeoff ; he died in the crash [6]


The Beatty Motto +

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.


Suggested Readings for the name Beatty +

  • 1176 "Descendants of George S. Carrier and Mariah Foresman (including the Beatty Family)" by Wilma May Myers.

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 65)
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ Warren Beatty. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Warren Beatty. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Beatty
  6. ^ The Washington Post Passenger List TWA Flight 800. (Retrieved 2018, February 15th). Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/twa800/list01.htm


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