The name Betteman comes from one of the family having worked as a person hired to pray for another's soul after his death. The surname Betteman 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 Betteman family
The surname Betteman was first found in Somerset
, where they held a family seat
from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Betteman family
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Betteman Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Betteman have been found, including: Beadman, Bedman, Bedeman, Bedemon, Beadmann and many more.
Early Notables of the Betteman family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Betteman family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Betteman, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : Elizabeth Beadman who arrived in Virginia in 1650.