Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a name for a person hired to pray for another's soul after his death. The surname Bettemend 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.
Early Origins of the Bettemend family
Somerset, where they held a family seat from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Bettemend family
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Bettemend Spelling Variations
Bettemend has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Bettemend have been found, including Beadman, Bedman, Bedeman, Bedemon, Beadmann and many more.
Early Notables of the Bettemend family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bettemend family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bettemends to arrive on North American shores: Elizabeth Beadman who arrived in Virginia in 1650.
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