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The Welsh name Bethell is a patronymic surname created from the Welsh personal name Ithel. The surname Bethell 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.


Bethell Early Origins



The surname Bethell 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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Bethell Spelling Variations


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Bethell Spelling Variations



Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Bethell have included Bethel, Bethell, Bithel, Bithell, Bythell, Bythel and others.

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Bethell Early History


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Bethell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bethell 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 Bethell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bethell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bethell 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 Bethell 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 people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Bethell:

Bethell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Bethell, aged 27, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • James Bethell who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • William Bethell, who settled in Virginia in 1653
  • William Bethell, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • John Bethell, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1694

Bethell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John, Bethell Jr., who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1704

Bethell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Bethell, who arrived in New York in 1801
  • Mary Bethell, aged 15, landed in Key West, Fla in 1837
  • B Bethell, aged 21, arrived in Key West, Fla in 1839
  • John M Bethell, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1877

Bethell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Jarvice Bethell, who arrived in Newfoundland in 1714 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bethell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bethell (post 1700)



  • Christopher Bethell (1773-1859), Bishop of Bangor
  • Ernest Thomas Bethell (1872-1909), British journalist who founded the Korea Daily News
  • John Henry Bethell (1861-1945), 1st Baron Bethell, British politician, member of the UK Parliament
  • Nicholas William Bethell (b. 1938), 4th Baron Bethell, British historian
  • Donald Bethell, Professor of chemistry at the University of Liverpool
  • Sir Richard Bethell (1800-1873), English judge, politician, 1st Baron Westbury, made Lord Chancellor of England in 1861

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Bethell Historic Events


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Bethell Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Joseph Bethell, British Lead Writer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Bethell


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Suggested Readings for the name Bethell



  • The Early Bethells and Their Descendants by Virginia Mohler Garde.

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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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Bethell Family Crest Products


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See Also


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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. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Other References

  1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Bethell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bethell 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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