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The name Beteham is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It is a name for someone who worked as a person hired to pray for another's soul after his death. The surname Beteham is derived from the Old English terms bede, which means prayer, and man, which means man. In medieval England, there were also beadhouses, or almshouses for the poor, where the inhabitants were required to pray for their benefactors. In a publication by Skelton in 1528, he wrote of Other smale mynisters, as reders and singers, bedemen and bellringers.

Beteham Early Origins



The surname Beteham was first found in Somerset, where they held a family seat from the Middle Ages.

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Beteham Spelling Variations


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Beteham Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Beteham are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Beteham include: Beadman, Bedman, Bedeman, Bedemon, Beadmann and many more.

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Beteham Early History


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Beteham Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beteham research. Another 399 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1381, 1500, 1659, 1793, 1372, 1410 and 1372 are included under the topic Early Beteham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Beteham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Beteham Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beteham Notables 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



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Beteham or a variant listed above: Elizabeth Beadman who arrived in Virginia in 1650.

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