Bettson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Bettson family

The surname Bettson 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 Bettson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bettson 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 Bettson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bettson Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Bettson has been recorded under many different variations, including Betenson, Bettenson, Bettison, Betison, Betynson, Bettynson, Bettson, Betson and many more.

Early Notables of the Bettson family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Bettson family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bettson or a variant listed above: Harry Bettenson, aged 46, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1904; Claudine Betson, aged 18, who arrived at Ellis Island from Barbados, in 1906; Jessie Betson, aged 29, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1922.



The Bettson 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


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