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Betts Family History

Betts Name Meaning

English: variant of Bett with excrescent -s a patronymic or metronymic from the medieval personal name Bett a short form of Bartholomew Beatrice or Elizabeth. Americanized form of German Betz .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Beets, Letts, Bess, Botts, Betty, Betti, Batt, Kitts, Metts, Belt

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Where is the Betts family from?

You can see how Betts families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Betts family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Betts families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 145 Betts families living in New York. This was about 37% of all the recorded Betts's in USA. New York had the highest population of Betts families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Betts surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Betts ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Betts. 17% of Betts men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Betts women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Betts were Carpenter and Housekeeper. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    17%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Maid
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Census Records

There are 228,000 census records available for the last name Betts. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Betts census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 31,000 immigration records available for the last name Betts. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 26,000 military records available for the last name Betts. For the veterans among your Betts ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Betts lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Betts life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Betts in 1941 was 41, and 72 in 2004.

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