Show ContentsBettencourt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Bettencourt surname is a habitational name, taken on from any of various places in France. These place names in turn derive from a Germanic personal name, Betto, along with the Old French word, "court," meaning "yard", or "farmyard".

Early Origins of the Bettencourt family

The surname Bettencourt was first found in Artois, a former province of northern France where this illustrious family held a family seat with lands and manor for many centuries. The family were well established in the region of Arras and several members of the family distinguished themselves through their contributions toward the community in which they lived and were rewarded with lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility. Robert, surname of Faissens, the Seigneur of Bethune of Artois held in the year 1000 and held the Counts of Artois.

One of the earliest records of the family was Jean de Béthencourt (1362-1425), a French explorer who in 1402 led an expedition to the Canary Islands. Born in Grainville-la-Teinturiere, province of Normandy, he was the son of Jean III Béthencourt and Marie de Bracquemont. He received the title King of the Canary Islands after his conquest. He co-founded the city of Betancuria in 1404 and many of his descendants are still found on the Canary Islands today.

Early History of the Bettencourt family

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Bettencourt Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bettencourt, Betencourt, Betancourt, Bettancourt, Bethencourt and many more.

Early Notables of the Bettencourt family (pre 1700)

Notable in the family at this time was Augustín de Vetancurt, also written Vetancourt, Betancourt, Betancur (1620-1700) French-born, Mexican Catholic historian and scholar of the Nahuatl language. Peter of Saint Joseph de Betancur (or Betancourt) (1626-1667), called Hermano Pedro de...
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Bettencourt Ranking

In the United States, the name Bettencourt is the 4,914th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

United States Bettencourt migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bettencourt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • E. C. Bettencourt, who settled in Philadelphia in 1805
  • William C. Bettencourt, who arrived in North Carolina in 1817
  • Emanuel Bettencourt, who was naturalized in North Carolina in 1852
  • Elvira Mathilde Bettencourt, aged 19, who immigrated to America, in 1893
  • Joaquim Bettencourt, aged 2, who landed in America, in 1893
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Bettencourt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Cesar Bettencourt, aged 13, who settled in America from San Jorge, in 1901
  • E. Bettencourt, aged 4, who landed in America, in 1904
  • G. Bettencourt, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Joase Bettencourt, aged 0, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Francisco Jose Bettencourt, aged 15, who landed in America from Manadas, St.Jorge, in 1911

Contemporary Notables of the name Bettencourt (post 1700) +

  • Lawrence Joseph Bettencourt (1905-1978), American former Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Matt Bettencourt (b. 1975), American PGA professional golfer
  • Nuno Duarte Gil Mendes Bettencourt (b. 1966), Portuguese-American guitarist and singer-songwriter
  • Liliane Henriette Charlotte Bettencourt (1922-2017), French heiress, socialite, businesswoman and philanthropist, majority shareholder of L'Oréal, richest woman in the world with a net worth of US 44.3 billion dollars
  • André Bettencourt (1919-2007), French politician, a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor and recipient of the Croix de Guerre
  • Ângela Maria Monteiro Bettencourt (1951-2021), Brazilian librarian, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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