Bith History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Bith is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a herdsman. The surname Bith is derived from the Old English word bothe, which in turn comes from the Old Danish word both, which means cow-house or herdsman's hut. [1]

Early Origins of the Bith family

The surname Bith was first found in Yorkshire where one of the first listings of the name was Gilbert Bothe, del Both in 1274. [2] This line continued to be strong as the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 attest through the listing of: Rogerus del Boothe; Adam de Bothe; and Margeria de Bothe as all living there and holding lands at that time. [3]

"The great family of Booth of Lancashire and Cheshire take their designation from their lordship of Booths in the former county, where they resided in the XIII century." [4] Indeed the Lancashire branch is of note as in "Booth as a surname, has strongly ramified in South Lancashire. " [3]

Over in Barton-Upon-Irwell in Lancashire another branch of the family was found. "Barton Old Hall, a brick edifice, now a farmhouse, was the seat successively of the Barton, Booth, and Leigh families." [5]

Important Dates for the Bith family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bith research. Another 140 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1566, 1652, 1622, 1684, 1652, 1694, 1678, 1685, 1689, 1690, 1675, 1758, 1626, 1680, 1700, 1916 and are included under the topic Early Bith History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bith 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 Bith include Booth, Boothe and others.

Early Notables of the Bith family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir George Booth, 1st Baronet of Dunham Massey (1566-1652), Sheriff of both Lancashire and Cheshire; George Booth, 2nd Baronet of Dunham Massey, 1st Baron Delamer (1622-1684), Member of the House of Lords, an English peer; Henry Booth, 1st Earl of Warrington (1652-1694), Member of Parliament for Cheshire (1678-1685),Chancellor of the Exchequer (1689-1690); George...
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bith Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Bith family to Ireland

Some of the Bith family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 79 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Bith family

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 Bith were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Thomas Booth who settled in Virginia was a descendant of the Earl of Warrington; Richard Booth who settled in Connecticut was from the Bowden branch in Cheshire.

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Citations

  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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