Today's generation of the Betingfield family bears a name that was brought to England
by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Betingfield family lived in the county of Suffolk
, at Bedingfield.
Early Origins of the Betingfield family
The surname Betingfield was first found in Suffolk
at Bedingfield (Bedingfeld) a parish, in the union and hundred
of Hoxne. "The living [of Bedingfield] is a discharged rectory, valued in the king's books at £8, and in the gift of J. J. Bedingfield, Esq., whose family received their name from the parish." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The family settled here soon after the Conquest and claim descendancy from Ogenus de Pugis, also called Longueville, a Norman knight who fought at the Battle of Hastings at the side of Duke William. CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Descended from him was Sir Thomas and his brother Sir Peter, ancestors of the Bedingfields, who were living in 1350 at Ditchingham Hall in Norfolk
. "The Bedingfelds of Ditchingham, in this county, are a younger branch parted from the parent stem as early as the middle of the fourteenth century. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Early History of the Betingfield family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Betingfield research.Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1720, 1479, 1553, 1523, 1509, 1583, 1613, 1651, 1660, 1654, 1554, 1636, 1586, 1593, 1661, 1648, 1595, 1680, 1632, 1687 and 1686 are included under the topic Early Betingfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Betingfield Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Betingfield include Beddingfield, Bedingfield, Bedingfeld, Bedingfeil and many more.
Early Notables of the Betingfield family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Edmund Bedingfield or Bedingfeld (1479-1553), made a Knight of the Bath in 1523; Sir Henry Bedingfield (1509-1583), Lord Chief Justice of England; and his son, Thomas Bedingfield (died 1613), English gentleman pensioner (bodyguard) to Elizabeth I of England; Anthony Bedingfield (died 1651)... Another 84 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Betingfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Betingfield family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Betingfields to arrive on North American shores: Walter Beddingfield who landed in America in 1750.
The Betingfield 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: Aquila non captat muscas
Motto Translation: The eagle is no fly-catcher.