The Bettement name was coined by the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Bettement was originally a name given to someone who worked as a person hired to pray for another's soul after his death. The surname Bettement 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 Bettement family
The surname Bettement was first found in Somerset
, where they held a family seat
from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Bettement family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bettement 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 Bettement History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bettement 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 Bettement 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 Bettement include: Beadman, Bedman, Bedeman, Bedemon, Beadmann and many more.
Early Notables of the Bettement family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bettement family to the New World and Oceana
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 Bettement or a variant listed above: Elizabeth Beadman who arrived in Virginia in 1650.