Bettegood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Bettegood surname finds its earliest origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name is derived from the Old English name Biggegod. The name is made up of two Old English elements: bigge, which means big or large, and god, which means good. "The Anglo-Saxon guth-boda would mean "a war messenger." The Old Norse bodi is a messenger, and gunn, gunnur, gud, Old High German, gund, gunt, war." 
Early Origins of the Bettegood family
The surname Bettegood was first found in Somerset, where the earliest form of the name is Biggegod. 
Kirby's Quest listed John Biggegod, Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) 
Early History of the Bettegood family
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Bettegood Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Bettegood are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bettegood include: Bidgood, Bidgoode, Biddgood, Biggegod, Bydgood and many more.
Early Notables of the Bettegood family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include John Bidgood (1624-1690), a leading member of the College of Physicians. He was the son of Humphrey Bidgood, an apothecary of Exeter, was born in that city 13 March 1624. "His father was poisoned in 1641 by his servant, Peter Moore, a crime for...
Migration of the Bettegood family
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bettegood or a variant listed above: Richard Bidgood, who arrived in Boston in 1638.