Beetem History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The earliest roots of the name Beetem are with the Viking settlers of the early Middle Ages; the surname having come from a place named by the Vikings It is a name for someone who 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 Beetem family
The surname Beetem 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 Beetem family
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Beetem Spelling Variations
Standards against which to judge the accuracy of spellings and translations did not yet exist in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations in names dating from that era, are thus, an extremely common occurrence. Beetem has been recorded as Betham, Beetam, Beetham, Beatam, Beatham, Beetem, Beedham and many more.
Early Notables of the Beetem family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beetem family
The New World was far from the oppressive regime of the old country. It was a place where there was more land than people and political and religious freedom were far easier to come by. Many Scots even got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. In recent years, interest in this heritage has been generated by Clan societies and regular highland games in North America. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Beetem name: Richard Beetham who settled in Virginia in 1720.
Contemporary Notables of the name Beetem (post 1700)
- Chris Beetem (b. 1970), born Christopher Lapinski, an American film and television actor, known for his roles in the films Black Hawk Down, Every Day and Mr. Popper's Penguins
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