The surname of BETESON was a baptismal name 'the son of Beatrice' an ancient and still popular font name. Surnames before the Norman Conquest of 1066 were rare in England having been brought by the Normans when William the Conqueror invaded the shores. The practice spread to Scotland and Ireland by the 12th century, and in Wales they appeared as late as the 16th century. Most surnames can be traced to one of four sources, locational, from the occupation of the original bearer, nicknames or simply font names based on the first name of the parent being given as the second name to their child. Early records of the name mention Johannes Beteson of the County of Yorkshire in 1300. Johannes Betonson was of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Frances Betteson of County Hampshire, registered at Oxford University in the year 1581, and Degory Betenson of the County of Cornwall also registered at Oxford University in 1583. Thomas Bett and Sarah Frimley were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1743, and John Brewer and Elizabeth Bittinson were married at St. Peter, Cornhill, London in 1543. Charles Whitting and Mary Betinson were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1779. During the Middle Ages, when people were unable to read or write signs were needed for all visual identification. For several centuries city streets in Britain were filled with signs of all kinds, public houses, tradesmen and even private householders found them necessary. This was an age when there were no numbered houses, and an address was a descriptive phrase that made use of a convenient landmark. At this time, coat of arms came into being, for the practical reason that men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way.
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