Among the the peoples of ancient Scotland
, the first to use the name Bethwait were the Strathclyde- Britons
. Bethwait was a name for someone who lived in any of the places so named in Cumberland
. This place-name derived from the Old Norse words for a broad clearing.
Early Origins of the Bethwait family
The surname Bethwait was first found in Cumberland
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Bethwait family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bethwait research.Another 251 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1185, 1185, 1588 and 1673 are included under the topic Early Bethwait History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bethwait Spelling Variations
Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations
. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Bethwait has been spelled Brathwaite, Brathwait, Braithwaite, Braithwait and many more.
Early Notables of the Bethwait family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bethwait family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence
. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan
societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them: William Braithwaite who settled in Maryland in 1775; Susan Braithwaite with her husband Francis arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with four children in 1822.