Bettridge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Anglo-Saxons of Britain first developed the name Bettridge. It was a name given to someone who was 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 Bettridge family
The surname Bettridge 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." 
Early History of the Bettridge family
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Bettridge Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bettridge have been found, including Partridge, Pettridge, Patridge, Patrige, Partrich and others.
Early Notables of the Bettridge 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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Bettridge migration to the United States +
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Bettridge, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:
Bettridge Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Sidney Woodward Bettridge, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1911
- Annie Bettridge, aged 39, who immigrated to the United States, in 1914
- William John Bettridge, aged 18, who landed in America from Ilford, England, in 1918
- Percy Bettridge, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1922
Contemporary Notables of the name Bettridge (post 1700) +
- John Bettridge (1910-1975), American NFL football player
- William Craddock Bettridge (1791-1879), English-born soldier and clergyman with the Church of England in Canada
- Walter Bettridge (1886-1931), English footballer
- Ashley Bettridge (b. 1985), Australian racing driver and international model
- Joel Bettridge, poet, writer at University of Redlands
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.