The Beauorthy family name was first used by descendants of the Pictish people of ancient Scotland
. It is a name for someone who lived in the lands of Beath in Fife
. The name is a topographic
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.
Early Origins of the Beauorthy family
The surname Beauorthy 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.
Early History of the Beauorthy family
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Beauorthy Spelling Variations
Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations
. In various documents, Beauorthy has been spelled Beath, Beeth, Beith, Bait, Baith and others.
Early Notables of the Beauorthy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beauorthy family to the New World and Oceana
The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Beauorthy: Robert Beath who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1766; Henry and Robert Beath arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1830; Robert Beeth settled in Savannah, Georgia, in 1820.
The Beauorthy 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.