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The ancestors of the Beetham family may have been Viking settlers. Their surname comes from a place name of Norse origins, from when they lived in Beetham in Cumbria. This place name is thought to come from the Old Norse "beth," meaning "embankment." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The parish was recorded as Biedum in the Domesday Book and at that time in Yorkshire and was land held by Roger de Poitou. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


Beetham Early Origins



The surname Beetham was first found in Cumbria at Beetham, a parish, in the union and ward of Kendal, historically in Westmorland. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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Beetham Spelling Variations


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Beetham 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. Beetham has been recorded as Betham, Beetam, Beetham, Beatam, Beatham, Beetem, Beedham and many more.

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Beetham Early History


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Beetham Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beetham research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1642 and 1709 are included under the topic Early Beetham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Beetham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Beetham Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beetham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Beetham In Ireland


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Beetham In Ireland



Some of the Beetham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 166 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



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 Ameri ca. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Beetham name:

Beetham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard Beetham who settled in Virginia in 1720

Beetham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Sarah J. Beetham, aged 44, who emigrated to the United States from York, in 1892
  • Lydia Beetham, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1894

Beetham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Lydia Beetham, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1903
  • Mary Beetham, aged 9, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1903
  • Howard Beetham, aged 11, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1903
  • Irene Beetham, aged 5, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1903
  • William Beetham, aged 15, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1903
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Beetham (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Beetham (post 1700)



  • Rupert R. Beetham, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Ohio, 1928
  • Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Michael James Beetham GCB, CBE, DFC, AFC, DL (1923-2015), English Marshal of the Royal Air Force, Chief of the Air Staff during the Falklands War
  • George Beetham F.R.G.S., M.H.R. (1840-1915), New Zealand explorer, best known for his assent of Mount Ruapehu in March, 1878
  • Bruce Beetham (1936-1997), New Zealand academic and politician
  • Sir Edward Beetham (1905-1979), one time Governor of Trinidad and Tobago

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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: Per ardua surgam
Motto Translation: I rise through difficulty.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. 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.
  9. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  10. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
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The Beetham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beetham 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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