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A family of Strathclyde-Briton were the first to use the name Bethwhite. They lived in any of the places so named in Cumberland or Yorkshire. This place-name derived from the Old Norse words for a broad clearing.

Bethwhite Early Origins



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.

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Bethwhite Spelling Variations


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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.

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Bethwhite Early History


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Bethwhite Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bethwhite research. Another 251 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1185, 1185, 1588 and 1673 are included under the topic Early Bethwhite History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bethwhite Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bethwhite Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bethwhite Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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.

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    3. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    4. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    7. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
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    The Bethwhite Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bethwhite 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 31 October 2012 at 11:03.

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