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The ancient name of Better finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a coppersmith or a dealer in baterie. The surname Better is possibly derived from the Old French word bateor, meaning one who beats, a term which has been applied to a beater of cloth or fuller. The surname may also be a short form of the word orbatour, which means a beater of gold.

Better Early Origins



The surname Better was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Better Spelling Variations


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Better Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Better family name include Beater, Beeter, Beatere, Betere, Batere, Bettere and many more.

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Better Early History


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Better Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Better research. Another 299 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1166, 1200, 1273, 1349, 1369, 1777, 1635 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Better History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Better Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Better Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Better Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Better surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Better Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jurg Better, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Johan Peter Better, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Johannis Better, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Henry Better, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1739

Better Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • H Better, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Elizabeth Better, aged 39, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Theodor Herm Better, who landed in America in 1837
  • Andrew Better, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1851
  • Armand Better, aged 28, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1893

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    11. ...

    The Better Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Better Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 16 September 2013 at 16:26.

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