Betancour History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Betancour surname is a habitational name, taken on from any of various places in France. These place names in turn derive from a Germanic personal name, Betto, along with the Old French word, "court," meaning "yard", or "farmyard".
Early Origins of the Betancour family
The surname Betancour was first found in Artois, a former province of northern France where this illustrious family held a family seat with lands and manor for many centuries. The family were well established in the region of Arras and several members of the family distinguished themselves through their contributions toward the community in which they lived and were rewarded with lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility. Robert, surname of Faissens, the Seigneur of Bethune of Artois held in the year 1000 and held the Counts of Artois.
One of the earliest records of the family was Jean de Béthencourt (1362-1425), a French explorer who in 1402 led an expedition to the Canary Islands. Born in Grainville-la-Teinturiere, province of Normandy, he was the son of Jean III Béthencourt and Marie de Bracquemont. He received the title King of the Canary Islands after his conquest. He co-founded the city of Betancuria in 1404 and many of his descendants are still found on the Canary Islands today.
Early History of the Betancour family
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Betancour Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Bettencourt, Betencourt, Betancourt, Bettancourt, Bethencourt and many more.
Early Notables of the Betancour family (pre 1700)
Notable in the family at this time was Augustín de Vetancurt, also written Vetancourt, Betancourt, Betancur (1620-1700) French-born, Mexican Catholic historian and scholar of the Nahuatl language.
Peter of Saint Joseph de Betancur (or Betancourt) (1626-1667), called Hermano Pedro de...
Migration of the Betancour family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: E. C. Bettencourt, who settled in Philadelphia in 1805; William C. Bettencourt, who arrived in North Carolina in 1817; and Emanuel Bettencourt, who was naturalized in North Carolina in 1852..