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Where did the English Bettridge family come from? What is the English Bettridge family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bettridge family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bettridge family history?

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.

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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.

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]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bettridge research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bettridge History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Bettridge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1911
  • Annie Bettridge, aged 39, who emigrated 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

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  • 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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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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The Bettridge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bettridge 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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