Beetam History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The forefathers of the Beetam family were Viking settlers who came to Scotland in the Middle Ages. Many places were named by these Norsemen, and the Beetam surname was taken on from one of these place names, when someone lived in Beetham in Cumbria. This place name is thought to come from the Old Norse "beth," meaning "embankment."  The parish was recorded as Biedum in the Domesday Book and at that time in Yorkshire and was land held by Roger de Poitou.  More recently, the parish had a population of 1,724 in the 2001 census. Interestingly, "in digging a grave near one of the pillars in the nave of the Church [of Beetham], in Aug. 1834, upwards of 100 silver coins, chiefly of the reigns of William the Conqueror and his son William Rufus, with a few of Edward the Confessor and Canute the Dane, were discovered." 
Early Origins of the Beetam family
The surname Beetam was first found in Cumbria at Beetham, a parish, in the union and ward of Kendal, historically in Westmorland. 
However, some of family were well established further south at Warton in Lancashire at early times. "Warton appears to have belonged to the lord of WoodPlumpton, by intermarriage with whose heiress the Betham family became connected with the property. The last of the Bethams was Roger, whose daughter married Sir Robert Middleton, of Leighton, in the reign of Richard III." 
Placita de Quo Warranto listed Richard de Betham, Norfolk, 20 Edward I (in the 20th year of King Edward I's reign.) 
Ralph de Betham, was a benefactor to Furness Abbey during the reign of Henry II.  Ralph de Bethum was listed in the Assize Rolls of Northumberland in 1279; Robert de Bethum, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379; and Stephen Betham, was listed in the Feet of Fines for Essex in 1541. 
Important Dates for the Beetam family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beetam research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1599, 1632, 1659, 1665, 1684, 1642 and 1709 are included under the topic Early Beetam History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Beetam Spelling Variations
Sound and intuition were the main things that scribes in the Middle Ages relied on when spelling and translating names. Since those factors varied, so did the spelling of the names. Spelling variations of the name Beetam include Betham, Beetam, Beetham, Beatam, Beatham, Beetem, Beedham and many more.
Early Notables of the Beetam family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beetam family
In North America, the monarchy was thousands of miles away and Scots were free to settle on their own land and practice their own beliefs. The American War of Independence provided an opportunity for these settlers to pay back the English monarchy and forge a new nation. Recently, this heritage has survived through North American highland games and Clan societies. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Beetam or a variant listed above: Richard Beetham who settled in Virginia in 1720.
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