The surname of BETTE was a baptismal name 'the son of Beatrice'. An old English font name. Following the Crusades in Europe in the 11th 12th and 13th centuries, a need was felt for a family name to replace the one given at birth, or in addition to it. This was recognized by those of noble birth, and particularly by those who went on the Crusades, as it added prestige and practical advantage to their status. Early records of the name mention Betissa Brown who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Gilbertus Betts was documented in County Lancashire in the year 1400. William Beteson was recorded in the year 1448 County Yorkshire. Francis Bettes of County Kent, registered at the University of Oxford in 1581. Thomas Betts married Sarah Frimley, St. Georges, Hanover Square, London in 1770. Originally the coat of arms identified the wearer, either in battle or in tournaments. Completely covered in body and facial armour, the knight could be spotted and known by the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour.
Since the dawn of civilisation the need to communicate has been a prime drive of all higher mankind. The more organised the social structure became, the more urgent the need to name places, objects and situations essential to the survival and existence of the social unit. From this common stem arose the requirements to identify families, tribes and individual members evolving into a pattern in evidence today. In the formation of this history, common usage of customs, trades, locations, patronymic and generic terms were often adopted as surnames. The demands of bureaucracy formally introduced by feudal lords in the 11th century, to define the boundaries and families within their fiefdoms, crystallized the need for personal identification and accountability, and surnames became in general use from this time onwards.The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered at Preston Hall, County Kent.
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