The ancestors of the Betan family arrived in England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Betan came from the Old English given name Batte,
a pet form of Bartholomew.
Early Origins of the Betan family
The surname Betan was first found in Somerset
, where the “family of Batten have been seated for nearly six centuries. They are considered of Flemish
origin. Among eminent merchants of the staple (wool-trade) temp.
Edward I., were several De Beteyns and Batyns.” CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Betan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Betan research.Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1500, 1600, 1600, 1667, 1661, 1667, 1687, 1743 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Betan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Betan Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Betan are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Betan include Batten, Battin, Battyne, Baten, Batin, Batton and many more.
Early Notables of the Betan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Betan family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Betan, or a variant listed above: Robert Batten who settled in New England
in 1648; William Batten settled in Virginia in 1654; Mary Batton settled in New England