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In Scottish history, few names go farther back than Beath, whose ancestors lived among the clans of the Pictish tribe. They lived in the lands of Beath in Fife. The name is a topographic or local surname, which was given to a family who held a barony or lands, had houses, manors or estates in that area. The name could have also been derived from the Gaelic beith which means birch tree.

Beath Early Origins



The surname Beath was first found in Fife, at the Hill of Beath, a hill and a village in Fife, Scotland just outside Dunfermline and joined to Cowdenbeath. The village is best known as the location of the meeting of the Covenanters at which John Blackadder was one of the preachers in the summer of 1670. As of 1896, it had a population of about 1,300 people.

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Beath Spelling Variations


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Beath Spelling Variations



The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Beath has been spelled Beath, Beeth, Beith, Bait, Baith and others.

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Beath Early History


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Beath Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beath research. Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1231 and 1696 are included under the topic Early Beath History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Beath Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Beath Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Beath Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Beath:

Beath Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Beath, who landed in Virginia in 1713
  • Adam Beath, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1716
  • Walter Beath, who arrived in New England in 1718
  • Robert Beath who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1766

Beath Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry and Robert Beath arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1830

Beath Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Beath, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Medina"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Beath (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Beath (post 1700)



  • Paul Beath, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 1936
  • Robert B Beath (1839-1914), American Army general
  • Katherine "Kate" Beath (1882-1979), New Zealand architect, probably the first female architect there
  • Barry Beath, Australian professional rugby league footballer
  • David Daniel Nicholas "Danny" Beath BSc, PhD (1960-2013), German-born, British award-winning landscape and wildlife photographer and botanist
  • Elizabeth Margaret "Betty" Beath (b. 1932), née Eardley, an Australian composer, pianist, and music educator
  • Chris Beath, Australian football referee in the A-League
  • Sir John Beath, British Diplomat

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Motto


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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: Fortuna virtute
Motto Translation: By good fortune and valour.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    3. 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).
    4. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    5. 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).
    6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    8. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    9. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    10. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
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    The Beath Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beath 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 27 October 2015 at 11:22.

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