Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Betinham is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in either of the places called Bodenham, in Herefordshire
, or in the settlement of Bodham, in Norfolk
. The place-names are derived from the Old English personal name Bota,
which experts theorize is derived from the Old German boto,
from the Germanic root bud,
which means to announce,
and the Old English word ham
which means homestead
Thus, the surname signifies a person who lived at or near Bota's settlement.
Early Origins of the Betinham family
The surname Betinham was first found in Herefordshire
at Bodenham, a parish, and anciently a market-town, in the union of Leominster, hundred
of Broxash CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
situated on a bend in the River Lugg, about seven miles south of Leominster. The place name dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 where it was first listed as Bodeham CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally meant "homestead or river-bend of land or a man called Boda," from the Old English personal name
+ "hamm." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Hugh de Bodenham, Lord of Bodenham, grandfather of Roger who lived in the reign of Henry III is the ancestor of the family. 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 Betinham family
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Betinham Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Betinham has been spelled many different ways, including Bedingham, Beddingham, Bedinham, Bodingham, Bedyngham, Bedyngeham and many more.
Early Notables of the Betinham family (pre 1700)
Migration of the Betinham family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Betinhams to arrive in North America: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.