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Beteswith is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Beteswith family lived in Surrey, where they held a family seat from very early times at the village of Betsworth.

Early Origins of the Beteswith family


The surname Beteswith was first found in Surrey where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. They were conjecturally descended from Richard FitzGilbert, a Norman noble who was granted the Old Mill and Church at Becesworde (Betchworth) at Betworth, later to become known as Betsworth in that shire. The Church still has eleventh century fragments and the Old Mill was rebuilt in the 16th century.

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Early History of the Beteswith family

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Early History of the Beteswith family


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Beteswith Spelling Variations

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Beteswith Spelling Variations


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Beteswith have been found, including Betsworth, Betesworth, Bettesworth, Betchworth and many more.

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Early Notables of the Beteswith family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Beteswith family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Beteswith family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Beteswith family to the New World and Oceana


For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Beteswith were among those contributors: Francis Betsworth who settled in Virginia in 1780.

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The Beteswith Motto

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The Beteswith 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: En Dieu est mon espoir
Motto Translation: In God is my hope.


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