The saga of the name Bettehan follows a line reaching back through history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes in Britain. It was a name for someone who worked as a person hired to pray for another's soul after his death. The surname Bettehan is derived from the Old English terms bede,
which means prayer,
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.
Early Origins of the Bettehan family
The surname Bettehan was first found in Somerset
, where they held a family seat
from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Bettehan family
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Bettehan Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bettehan were recorded, including Beadman, Bedman, Bedeman, Bedemon, Beadmann and many more.
Early Notables of the Bettehan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bettehan family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Bettehan family emigrate to North America: Elizabeth Beadman who arrived in Virginia in 1650.