Show ContentsBetteridge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Betteridge comes from when its first bearer worked as a hunter or someone who caught partridges. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational names have remained fairly common in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith, and wright.

Early Origins of the Betteridge family

The surname Betteridge was first found in Kent. However, the parish of Miserden, Yorkshire tells an important story of the family's early lineage. "The manor of Wishanger, here, is of very ancient date, and was the seat of the Partriges, of whom William Partrige, of Cirencester and Wishanger, was summoned by the heralds at their first visitation of the county in the reign of Henry VIII.; from him the manor descended lineally for ten generations, and it was the principal seat of the family until the commencement of the present century, when it was sold. The manor-house, though partly taken down and otherwise injured, is still standing, as a farmhouse; the porch bears the arms of Partrige impaling those of Ernley of Wiltshire, on a large stone over the entrance, Robert Partrige having married into the Ernley family in the 16th century." [1]

Early History of the Betteridge family

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Betteridge Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Betteridge include Partridge, Pettridge, Patridge, Patrige, Partrich and others.

Early Notables of the Betteridge family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Peter Partridge (d. 1451), Chancellor of Lincoln Cathedral, was educated at Oxford University; and Sir Miles Partridge (d. 1552), English courtier, relative of William Partridge of Wishanger in Miserden, Gloucestershire. Sheriff of Gloucestershire (1546-1547.) He held the manor of Almondsbury in 1544. He was convicted of felony, and hanged on Tower Hill on Friday 26 Feb. 1551. John Partridge (fl. 1566), was an English translator and...
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Australia Betteridge migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Betteridge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Betteridge, British Convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Caledonia" on 5th July 1820, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]
  • Rupert Betteridge, aged 26, a pharmacist, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nile"
  • Mr. Thomas Betteridge, British Convict who was convicted in Birmingham, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Corona" on 13th October 1866, arriving in Western Australia, Australia [3]

New Zealand Betteridge migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Betteridge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Betteridge, aged 31, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • Charlotte Betteridge, aged 32, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • Thomas Betteridge, aged 9, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • Frederick Betteridge, aged 7, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Betteridge (post 1700) +

  • Robert and Ann Betteridge, American owners of Prairie View, Pleasant Green, Missouri, a plantation house built in 1859 listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Lois Etherington Betteridge OC (b. 1928), Canadian silversmith, goldsmith, designer and educator, awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award, Society of North American Goldsmiths (2010)
  • Mick Betteridge (1924-1999), English footballer who played from 1949 to 1954
  • M. Betteridge, British communist political candidate for Islington South & Finsbury in the 1979 General Election
  • Anne Betteridge (1926-1998), pseudonym of Margaret Potter, British writer of over 55 Romance, mystery, children's novels
  • Ian Betteridge, British technology journalist who developed Betteridge's law of headlines which states: "Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no"
  • Alice Betteridge (1901-1966), the first deafblind child to be educated in Australia

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th November 2020). Retrieved from
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th March 2021). Retrieved from on Facebook