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The name Bettis is tied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England. It comes from one of a number of personal names. The surname Bettis is usually explained as a metronymic derivative of the female personal name Beatrice, or less often, Elizabeth. However, the name is undoubtedly occasionally derived from the male personal name Bartholomew, which also took the variant forms Bertram or Bertelmew. The surname Bettis may also be a "local" type surname which means a dweller by the hollows.

Bettis Early Origins



The surname Bettis was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Bettis Spelling Variations


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Bettis Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Bettis has undergone many spelling variations, including Betts, Bets, Bettes, Bett, Bette and others.

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Bettis Early History


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Bettis Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bettis research. Another 281 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1379, 1480, and 1500 are included under the topic Early Bettis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bettis Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bettis Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bettis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Bettis were among those contributors:

Bettis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John, Bettis Jr., who landed in San Francisco, California in 1849
  • John Bettis, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bettis (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bettis (post 1700)



  • Thomas William "Tom" Bettis (1933-2015), All-American football linebacker and football coach, Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Coordinator in 1977, Cleveland Browns Defensive Coordinator in 1985
  • Valerie Elizabeth Bettis (1919-1982), American modern dancer and choreographer
  • Angela Marie Bettis (b. 1973), American actress, film producer, and director
  • John Bettis (b. 1946), award-winning American lyricist
  • Jerome Abram Bettis (b. 1972), retired American football halfback

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ostendo non ostento
Motto Translation: I show, not boast.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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    The Bettis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bettis 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 3 September 2016 at 09:55.

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