The name Betehan is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a person hired to pray for another's soul after his death. The surname Betehan is derived from the Old English terms bede,
which means prayer,
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.
Early Origins of the Betehan family
The surname Betehan was first found in Somerset
, where they held a family seat
from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Betehan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Betehan 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 Betehan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Betehan Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Betehan include Beadman, Bedman, Bedeman, Bedemon, Beadmann and many more.
Early Notables of the Betehan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Betehan family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Elizabeth Beadman who arrived in Virginia in 1650.