Bettison History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Bettison family

The surname Bettison was first found in Yorkshire where Johannes Betonson and Willelmus Betonson were both listed as holding lands in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [1]

However, another source claims that "Bettinson is at present a Norfolk surname occurring mostly in and around Wisbech. There were freeholders named Bettison in Nottinghamshire in 1698." [2]

"Grylls, [in the parish of Lesnewth, Cornwall] which is now a farm house, was formerly the seat of a family called Betenson." [3]

Early History of the Bettison family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bettison research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1583, 1598, 1543, 1779, 1582, 1661, 1602, 1679, 1663, 1675, 1733, 1688, 1762 and 1786 are included under the topic Early Bettison History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bettison Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bettison were recorded, including Betenson, Bettenson, Bettison, Betison, Betynson, Bettynson, Bettson, Betson and many more.

Early Notables of the Bettison family (pre 1700)

Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bettison Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Bettison migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Bettison family emigrate to North America:

Bettison Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jonas Bettison, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [4]
Bettison Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Annie Bettison, (b. 1856), aged 36, Cornish settler, from St. Blazey, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Majestic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 28th January 1892 en route to Savanna, Georgia, USA [5]
  • Mrs. Catherine Bettison, (b. 1852), aged 40, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Majestic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 28th January 1892 en route to Savanna, Georgia, USA [5]
  • Mr. Jonathan Bettison, (b. 1848), aged 44, Cornish clerk travelling aboard the ship "Majestic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 28th January 1892 en route to Savanna, Georgia, USA [5]
  • Mr. Sydney Bettison, (b. 1863), aged 29, Cornish clerk travelling aboard the ship "Majestic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 28th January 1892 en route to Savanna, Georgia, USA [5]
Bettison Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. William Bettison, (b. 1883), aged 21, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "New York" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 16th July 1904 en route to Kansas City, Missouri, USA [5]
  • Mr. William Bettison, (b. 1883), aged 21, Cornish miner, travelling aboard the ship "New York" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 24th July 1904 en route to Kansas City, Missouri, USA [5]

Australia Bettison migration to Australia +

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

Bettison Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Elias Bettison, aged 23, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "John Banks" [6]
  • Moses Bettison, aged 18, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "John Banks" [6]
  • Mr. Henry Bettison, (b. 1821), aged 34, Cornish agricultural labourer departing from Plymouth on 7th November 1854 aboard the ship "Amazon" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 1st February 1855 [7]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Bettison, (b. 1818), aged 37, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth on 7th November 1854 aboard the ship "Amazon" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 1st February 1855 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bettison (post 1700) +

  • Mr. William Bettison, British sheriff, held the joint position of Sheriff of Nottingham, England from 1765 to 1766

HMS Dorsetshire
  • Colin Percy Bettison, British Warrant Officer Engineer aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [8]
Winter Quarters coal mine
  • Mr. Henry Bettison (b. 1876), "Harry", English mine worker residing in Canton, Fulton, Illinois who worked in the Winter Quarters coal mine on 1st May 1900, when 10 of the 25lb kegs of black powder exploded; he died in the explosion [9]


The Bettison 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: Qui sera sera
Motto Translation: Whatever will be.


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
  6. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 30th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) John Banks 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/johnbanks1855.shtml
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  8. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  9. ^ Miners killed in Winter Quarters (retrieved 28th July 2021). Retrieved from http://www.carbon-utgenweb.com/miners.html


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