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The noble Viking settlers who came to the rocky shores of Scotland in the Middle Ages brought with them the ancestors of the Bethune family. They lived in Béthune in Pas-de-Calais, Picardy, France.

Bethune Early Origins



The surname Bethune was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they acquired lands. "This illustrious name is traceable, beyond question, to Robert, surnamed Faisseus, seigneur of the town of Bethune, in Artois, in the year 1000, and there is good reason to suppose that he was a descendant of the ancient Counts of Artois." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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Bethune Spelling Variations


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Bethune Spelling Variations



Scottish names from the Middle Ages vary enormously in their spellings. This is a result of the fact that there were no universal standards like dictionaries for scribes to judge by. The recorded spelling variations of the name Bethune include Bethune, Betune and others.

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Bethune Early History


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Bethune Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bethune research. Another 279 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1332, 1778 and 1545 are included under the topic Early Bethune History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bethune Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bethune Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bethune 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



Settlers found farms all along the eastern part of what would become the United States and Canada. They provided a base and a backbone that would strengthen two great nations in the making. In the 20th century, the ancestors of those brave Scots have rediscovered their heritage through highland games and Scottish historical societies. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Bethune or a variant listed above, including:

Bethune Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jon Bethune, who landed in Virginia in 1637

Bethune Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Bethune, who arrived in North Carolina in 1773

Bethune Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard Bethune, who landed in America in 1805
  • Anne Bethune who settled in New York in 1822
  • N. Bethune settled in New York in 1825

Bethune Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Angus Bethune U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. John Bethune U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Rev. John Bethune U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Bethune Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Bethune, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Beth Bethune, aged 19, landed in Red River, Canada in 1811
  • Ewan Bethune, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Edinburgh" in 1815
  • Johan Bethune, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1848
  • Meran Bethune, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bethune Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • J Bethune, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • Mrs. Bethune, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Bethune Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Bethune, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Hydaspes"
  • Norman Bethune, aged 48, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Neptune"
  • Alexander Bethune, aged 28, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nabob"
  • William Bethune, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"

Bethune Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Kenneth Bethune landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Cuba
  • Kenneth Bethune, aged 14, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cuba" in 1840

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bethune (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bethune (post 1700)



  • Gordon M Bethune (b. 1941), American Chairman and chief executive officer of Continental Airlines
  • Louise Blanchard Bethune (1856-1913), American first American female professional architect
  • Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955), American educator and activist, best known as the founder of the National Council for Negro Women
  • James Bethune (1470-1539), Scottish prelate and statesman
  • David Bethune (1494-1546), Scottish statesman
  • Dr. Henry Norman Bethune (1890-1939), Canadian physician, pioneer in mobile war-time blood transfusion units, who later worked in China where he became a Chinese national hero for his medical work
  • Alexander Bethune (1852-1947), Canadian merchant, Mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia (1907-1908)
  • Sir Alexander Bethune, 10th Chief of the Clan

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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: Debonnair
Motto Translation: Graceful.


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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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. 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).
  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  11. ...

The Bethune Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bethune 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 23 November 2016 at 16:30.

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