Beaton is a Scottish surname in the English language, which has multiple origins. One origin of the name is from the placename of Béthune, in Pas-de-Calais, France. Another derivation is from the mediaeval personal name Beaton, Beton, which is pet form of a short form of the names Bartholomew or Beatrice. Bartholomew is a masculine name, while Beatrice is a feminine name; the names are not etymologically related to each other. Another derivation of the surname Beaton is that it is an Anglicisation of the Scottish Gaelic Mac Beath. According to George Fraser Black, there were two families in the Inner Hebrides that Anglicised their surnames to Beaton. One such family were the MacBeths on Islay and Mull; the first record of the family is a Gaelic charter of Fercos Macbetha in about 1408. According to Black, the Beatons on Skye were related to the Bethunes from Fife.
List of people with the surname
- Alex Beaton, Scottish folk-singer currently living in Franklin, Tennessee
- Alistair Beaton, (born 1947), Scottish political satirist, novelist and television writer
- Cecil Beaton, (1904–1980), English photographer
- David Cardinal Beaton, (1494–1545), last Scottish Cardinal prior to the Reformation.
- Ewan Beaton, (born 1969), Canadian judoka
- James Beaton, (1473–1539), Archbishop of Glasgow
- James Beaton II, (1517–1603), Archbishop of Glasgow
- James Wallace Beaton, (born 1943), Queen's Police Officer
- M. C. Beaton, pseudonym for Marion Chesney
- Kate Beaton, Canadian author of the webcomic "Hark! A Vagrant"
- Mary Beaton, attendant of Mary, Queen of Scots
- Michael Beaton, Australian ice hockey player
- Noel Beaton, (1925–2004), Australian politician
- Norman Beaton, (1934–1994), Guyanan actor
- Rosie Beaton, Australian radio announcer
- Steve Beaton, (born 1964), English darts player, 1996 BDO World Champion
- Rosemary Beaton (Sage) Professor and Dean of the College of Teachers, UK
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- Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006), A Dictionary of First Names, Oxford Paperback Reference (2nd ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 28–29, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1
- Black, George Fraser (1946), The Surnames of Scotland: Their Origin, Meaning, and History, New York: New York Public Library, p. 63
- Mark, Colin (2006), The Gaelic-English Dictionary, London: Routledge, p. 722, ISBN 0-203-22259-8
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