Beaton (surname)

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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.[1] Bartholomew is a masculine name, while Beatrice is a feminine name; the names are not etymologically related to each other.[2] Another derivation of the surname Beaton is that it is an Anglicisation of the Scottish Gaelic Mac Beath.[1] 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.[3]

The surname Beaton can be represented in Scottish Gaelic as Peutan (masculine form), and Pheutan (feminine form).[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Learn about the family history of your surname". Ancestry.com. Archived from the original on 5 October 2010. Retrieved 10 October 2010.  which cited Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-508137-4.  for the surname "Beaton".
  2. ^ 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 
  3. ^ Black, George Fraser (1946), The Surnames of Scotland: Their Origin, Meaning, and History, New York: New York Public Library, p. 63 
  4. ^ Mark, Colin (2006), The Gaelic-English Dictionary, London: Routledge, p. 722, ISBN 0-203-22259-8