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Bettle Early Origins



The surname Bettle was first found in Staffordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Betley, Wulfwin, a Norman noble, who held these lands as under-tenant to the King and was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

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Bettle Spelling Variations


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Bettle Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Bettle are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bettle include Betley, Bettely, Bettly, Battley, Batteley and others.

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Bettle Early History


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Bettle Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bettle research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1208, 1296, and 1332 are included under the topic Early Bettle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bettle Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bettle Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Bettle, or a variant listed above:

Bettle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Josephine Bettle, aged 28, who arrived in America, in 1894
  • Mrs. Helen G. Bettle, aged 25, who arrived in America, in 1894
  • W.H. Bettle, aged 22, who arrived in America, in 1896
  • Mr. Bettle, aged 40, who arrived in America, in 1896
  • Mrs. Bettle, aged 32, who arrived in America, in 1896

Bettle Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mrs. Samuel Bettle, aged 32, who arrived in America, in 1905
  • Samuel Bettle, aged 46, who arrived in America, in 1911
  • Griscom Bettle, aged 21, who arrived in America, in 1912
  • Helen Bettle, aged 44, who arrived in America, in 1913

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bettle (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bettle (post 1700)



  • James F. Bettle, United States Antarctic Research Program meteorologist and scientific leader at McMurdo Station in 1962, eponym of Bettle Peak, Antarctica

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Bettle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bettle 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.

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