Anglo-Saxon name that is derived from one of a number of personal names. The surname Bet is usually explained as a metronymic derivative of the female personal name Beatrice, or less often, Elizabeth. However, the name is undoubtedly occasionally derived from the male personal name Bartholomew, which also took the variant forms Bertram or Bertelmew. The surname Bet may also be a "local" type surname which means a dweller by the hollows.
Early Origins of the Bet family
Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Bet family
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Bet Spelling Variations
hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Bet have been found, including Betts, Bets, Bettes, Bett, Bette and others.
Early Notables of the Bet family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bet family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bets to arrive on North American shores:
Bet Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
The Bet 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: Ostendo non ostento
Motto Translation: I show, not boast.
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