Betson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Betson family

The surname Betson was first found in Yorkshire where Johannes Betonson and Willelmus Betonson were both listed as holding lands in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [1]

However, another source claims that "Bettinson is at present a Norfolk surname occurring mostly in and around Wisbech. There were freeholders named Bettison in Nottinghamshire in 1698." [2]

"Grylls, [in the parish of Lesnewth, Cornwall] which is now a farm house, was formerly the seat of a family called Betenson." [3]

Early History of the Betson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Betson research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1583, 1598, 1543, 1779, 1582, 1661, 1602, 1679, 1663, 1675, 1733, 1688, 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)

Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Betson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States 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 [4]
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

Canada 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 [5]

New Zealand 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 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Betson (post 1700) +

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


The Betson 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: Qui sera sera
Motto Translation: Whatever will be.


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ 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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