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Betteham is a name that was formed by the Anglo-Saxon society of old Britain. The name was thought to have been used for someone who once worked as a person hired to pray for another's soul after his death. The surname Betteham is derived from the Old English terms bede, which means prayer, and man, which means man. In medieval England, there were also beadhouses, or almshouses for the poor, where the inhabitants were required to pray for their benefactors. In a publication by Skelton in 1528, he wrote of Other smale mynisters, as reders and singers, bedemen and bellringers.

Betteham Early Origins



The surname Betteham was first found in Somerset, where they held a family seat from the Middle Ages.

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Betteham Early History


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Betteham Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Betteham research. Another 399 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1381, 1500, 1659, 1793, 1372, 1410 and 1372 are included under the topic Early Betteham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Betteham Spelling Variations


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Betteham Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Betteham include Beadman, Bedman, Bedeman, Bedemon, Beadmann and many more.

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Betteham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Betteham Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Betteham were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Elizabeth Beadman who arrived in Virginia in 1650.

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