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The Beth family history stretches back to the clans of the Dalriadan kingdom on the sea-swept Hebrides islands and mountainous western coast of Scotland. The name Beth is derived from the names of Macbeth and Bethune, or Beaton. The Macbeth and Bethune families, who were hereditary physicians to the Chiefs of Macdonald, practiced medicine on the Isles during the Middle Ages and their names merged in English into the one surname of Beaton. The Macbeths were concentrated in Islay and Mull, whereas the Beatons were concentrated in Skye. However, the Beaton family was not restricted to the Isles and it later branched to other counties such as Fraser. Nonetheless, by the 17th century, the Beaton family "ceased to practice the healing art" and the last of the hereditary physicians was Niel Beaton who practiced medicine in about 1763.

Beth Early Origins



The surname Beth was first found in the Isle of Islay, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Beth Spelling Variations


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Beth Spelling Variations



Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents Beth has been spelled Beaton, Beeton, MacBeth, MacBeaton, McBee, MacBee and others.

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Beth Early History


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Beth Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beth research. Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1543, 1598, 1519, 1569, 1494, 1546, 1543, 1598, 1473 and 1539 are included under the topic Early Beth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Beth Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Beth Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Janet Beaton, Lady of Branxholme and Buccleugh (1519-1569) an aristocratic Scottish woman, mistress of James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell, had five husbands and was accused of being a witch, immortalized as Sir Walter Scott's Wizard Lady of Branxholm in his "Lay...

Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Beth In Ireland


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Beth In Ireland



Some of the Beth family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Settlers from Scotland put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North Ameri ca. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence. As Clan societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Beth were among those contributors:

Beth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Beth, who landed in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1648
  • Mary Beth, who landed in Maryland in 1658
  • Henry Beth, who landed in Virginia in 1661
  • Robert Beth, who arrived in Maryland in 1674
  • William Beth, who arrived in Maryland in 1677

Beth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Willem Beth, who arrived in New York in 1739
  • Johan Martin Beth, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Johan Fredk Beth, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1772
  • Elizabeth Beth, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1793

Beth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • August Beth, who came to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1877

Beth Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Beth, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Beth Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Henry Hull Beth, who arrived in Canada in 1834

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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: Debonnaire
Motto Translation: Graceful


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    5. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    10. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
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    The Beth Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beth Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 27 April 2012 at 10:23.

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