Betson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Betson family

The surname Betson was first found in Essex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that county.

Important Dates for the Betson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Betson research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1510, 1600, 1602, 1663, 1675, 1679, 1688, 1733, 1762, and 1786 are included under the topic Early Betson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Betson Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Betson include Betenson, Bettenson, Bettison, Betison, Betynson, Bettynson, Bettson, Betson and many more.

Early Notables of the Betson family (pre 1700)

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Betson migration to the United States

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Betson or a variant listed above:

Betson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Betson, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]
Betson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Claudine Betson, aged 18, who landed in America from Barbados, in 1906
  • Nicolas Betson, aged 20, who landed in America from Jannisia, in 1906
  • Jessie Betson, aged 29, who immigrated to America, in 1922

Betson migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Betson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Betson U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 [2]

Betson migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Betson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Caroline Betson, (b. 1837), aged 25, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship "Echunga" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 24th December 1862 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Betson (post 1700)

  • Norm Betson (1914-1988), Australian rules footballer

Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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