The present generation of the Bettyngeman family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in either of the places called Bodenham, in Herefordshire
, or in the settlement of Bodham, in Norfolk
. The place-names are derived from the Old English personal name Bota,
which experts theorize is derived from the Old German boto,
from the Germanic root bud,
which means to announce,
and the Old English word ham
which means homestead
Thus, the surname signifies a person who lived at or near Bota's settlement.
Early Origins of the Bettyngeman family
The surname Bettyngeman was first found in Herefordshire
at Bodenham, a parish, and anciently a market-town, in the union of Leominster, hundred
of Broxash CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
situated on a bend in the River Lugg, about seven miles south of Leominster. The place name dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 where it was first listed as Bodeham CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally meant "homestead or river-bend of land or a man called Boda," from the Old English personal name
+ "hamm." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Hugh de Bodenham, Lord of Bodenham, grandfather of Roger who lived in the reign of Henry III is the ancestor of the family. CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Early History of the Bettyngeman family
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Bettyngeman Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Bettyngeman include Bedingham, Beddingham, Bedinham, Bodingham, Bedyngham, Bedyngeham and many more.
Early Notables of the Bettyngeman family (pre 1700)
Migration of the Bettyngeman family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Bettyngeman were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.