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Origins Available: English, Scottish


The name Beaty comes from the Scottish/English Borderlands and the ancient Boernicians who inhabited them. It is derived from Bate or Baty, diminutive forms of Bartholomew. The name is not a metronymic derived from the name Beatrice, as is commonly thought, but rather the name was more probably from Gilbert fitz Beatrice who was living in the county of Roxburghe in 1296. 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.

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The surname Beaty was first found in Roxburghshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

A lack of rules and the tendency of scribes to spell according to the sound of the word plagued medieval spelling. Not surprisingly, an enormous number of spelling variations appeared. Beaty has been written Beattie, Beatty, Beaty, Beatie, Betay, Bety and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beaty research. Another 145 words (10 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 46 words (3 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 217 words (16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many Scots crossed the Atlantic for North America hoping to escape poverty, as well as persecution. Much of their heritage was lost along the way and overtime. This century, however, Clan societies and highland games have allowed many ancestral Scots to recover their birthright. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Beaty arrived in North America very early:

Beaty Settlers in United States 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 United States 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


Beaty Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Edward Beaty Jr., U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783
  • Mr. Edward Beaty Sr., U.E who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783
  • Mr. Joseph Beaty U.E who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783
  • Mr. Polly Beaty U.E who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783
  • Mr. William Beaty U.E who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783

Beaty Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Hector Beaty, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • Lydia Beaty, aged 29, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Sarah Beaty, aged 21, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway

Beaty Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Michael Beaty, aged 61, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget"
  • Malachi Coleman Beaty, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan"
  • Stephen Beaty, aged 17, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Gilmore"
  • Bridget Beaty, aged 13, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Storm Cloud"
  • Honora Beaty, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Storm Cloud"


Beaty Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • George Beaty arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Armstrong" in 1865
  • Elizabeth Beaty arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Armstrong" in 1865
  • Isabella Beaty arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Armstrong" in 1865
  • Alexander Beaty arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Armstrong" in 1865
  • William Beaty, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878

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  • Zelmo Beaty (b. 1939), former American basketball player
  • William J. Beaty, American research engineer
  • 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
  • Madisen Beaty (b. 1995), American teen actress based in the Los Angeles, California area
  • 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
  • Donald W. Beaty (1903-1979), American Republican politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 1st District, 1943-48
  • David E. Beaty, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1876
  • Bruce F. Beaty, American politician, Mayor of Waukesha, Wisconsin, 1952
  • Alexander Beaty, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Charlotte, North Carolina, 1847-48
  • Edgar R. Beaty, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Conwayboro, South Carolina, 1870-71

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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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  1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  2. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  3. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  4. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  5. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. 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.

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