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Origins Available: Welsh-Alt, Welsh


The Welsh name Bethel is a patronymic surname created from the Welsh personal name Ithel. The surname Bethel features the distinctive Welsh patronymic prefix "ab" or "ap," which mean "son of." The original form of the name was ab-Ithell, but the prefix has been assimilated into the surname over the course of time. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


Bethel Early Origins



The surname Bethel was first found in Herefordshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times. However, some of the family were found at Watton in the East Riding of Yorkshire at early times. "A great part of the soil belongs to Richard Bethell, Esq., whose family were long seated at Walton Abbey, a brick mansion in the Tudor style, with octagonal turrets, stone dressings and buttresses, and fine gardens attached; it is now, by permission of Mr. Bethell, the residence of the incumbent." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Bethel Spelling Variations


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Bethel Spelling Variations



There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Bethel have included Bethel, Bethell, Bithel, Bithell, Bythell, Bythel and others.

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Bethel Early History


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Bethel Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bethel research. Another 365 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1820, 1622, 1606, 1668, 1660, 1617, 1697, 1615, 1679, 1654 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Bethel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bethel Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bethel Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Sir Walter Bethell (died 1622); Henry Bethall (c 1606-1668), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons...

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bethel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Bethel:

Bethel Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Hugh Bethel, who arrived in Virginia in 1690

Bethel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Bethel, his wife Rebecca, and their daughter Rebecca who all came to Virginia in 1714
  • Christo Bethel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753

Bethel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Bethel, aged 16, arrived in Key West, Fla in 1846
  • Jabez Bethel, aged 19, landed in New York in 1854

Bethel Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Ann Bethel, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833
  • James Bethel, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Ward" from Limerick, Ireland
  • Ann Bethel, aged 27, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Ward" from Limerick, Ireland
  • Mary Bethel, aged 21, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Ward" from Limerick, Ireland

Bethel Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Bethel, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844
  • Henry Bethel, aged 23, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bethel (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bethel (post 1700)



  • Charlie Bethel (b. 2001), American politician, Member of the Georgia Senate from the 54th district (2001-)
  • Carrie McGowan Bethel (1898-1974), born Carrie McGowan, an American basketmaker associated with Yosemite National Park, one of her baskets fetched $216,250 in 2006
  • Brian C. Bethel (1969-2010), American actor
  • Wilson Bethel (b. 1984), American actor, known for his work on Hart of Dixie (2011), The Young and the Restless (1973) and 1968 Tunnel Rats (2008)
  • Alfred "Pepsi" Bethel (1918-2002), American jazz dancer and choreographer
  • Dawn Bethel (1933-2005), original name of Sheree North, American two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated actress, singer, and dancer
  • Paul D Bethel, American Republican politician from Florida
  • Lieutenant L W Bethel, American Governor of Florida from 1881-85
  • Mike Bethel (b. 1990), Bahamas association footballer
  • Dr. Paulette A. Bethel, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Bahamas to the United Nations since 2003
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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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: Ap Ithel
Motto Translation: Son of Ithel


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844

Other References

  1. Morgan, T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan. Welsh Surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1985. Print.
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. 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).
  6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  7. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  10. Rowlands, John, John Rowlands and Sheila Rowlands. Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1999. Print. (ISBN 080631620).
  11. ...

The Bethel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bethel 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.

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