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The name Betts is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and comes from one of a number of personal names. The surname Betts 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 Betts may also be a "local" type surname which means a dweller by the hollows.
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Betts has been spelled many different ways, including Betts, Bets, Bettes, Bett, Bette and others.
First found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Betts research. Another 281 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1379, 1480, and 1500 are included under the topic Early Betts History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Betts Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Bettss to arrive in North America:
Betts Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Betts, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1640
- Richard Betts, who arrived in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1648
- Thomas Betts, who landed in Connecticut in 1650
- Will Betts, who landed in Virginia in 1651
- Wm Betts, who landed in Virginia in 1663
Betts Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Johan Fredk Betts, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1772
Betts Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Betts, aged 33, landed in Kentucky in 1812
- Joseph Betts, aged 5, landed in New York in 1862
- Joseph B Betts, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1862
- Joseph E Betts, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1871
Betts Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Benjamin Betts U.E who settled in Canada c. 1783
Betts Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- John Ardon Betts, who arrived in Canada in 1830
- Plait Betts, who landed in Canada in 1834
- Robert Betts, who landed in Canada in 1834
Betts Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Ann Betts, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- John Betts, aged 19, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Brankenmoor"
- John Betts arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Branken Moor" in 1849
- Josh. Betts arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Posthumous" in 1849
- Benjamin Betts, aged 35, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hydaspes" in 1851
Betts Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- A Betts landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Indemnity
- Henry Betts landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- Henry Betts, aged 20, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
- Reuben Betts, aged 32, a labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
- Elizabeth Betts, aged 32, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
- Thaddeus Betts (1789-1840), American politician, United States Senator and Lieutenant Governor
- Brigadier-General Thomas Jeffries Betts (1894-1977), American Director of Intelligence, US Group, Control Council Germany (1945)
- Brigadier-General Edward C. Betts (1890-1946), American Judge Advocate, European Theatre of Operations (1942-1946)
- Roland Whitney Betts (b. 1946), American lawyer, businessman and film producer
- Melvyn Betts (b. 1975), English cricketer
- Edward Betts (1815-1872), English railway contractor
- Morton Peto Betts (1847-1914), English athlete, who played both soccer and cricket
- Todd Betts (b. 1973), Canadian baseball player at the 2004 Summer Olympics
- Clive James Charles Betts (b. 1950), British politician, Member of the UK Parliament
- Lt. Col. Frederick Nicholson Betts (1906-1973), British Army officer and an ornithologist
- Wallace-Frierson and Allied Families (including the Best Family) by Charles Hamilton Young.
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.
- Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
- Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
- Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
- Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
- Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
- Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
- Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
- Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
- Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
- Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
The Betts Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Betts 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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