A family of Strathclyde-Briton were the first to use the name Bethwhite. They 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 Bethwhite family
The surname Bethwhite 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 Bethwhite family
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Bethwhite Spelling Variations
In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations
in Medieval Scottish names. Bethwhite has appeared as Brathwaite, Brathwait, Braithwaite, Braithwait and many more.
Early Notables of the Bethwhite family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bethwhite family to the New World and Oceana
The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence
, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan
societies in North America. 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.