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Translation of French Lemieux. English: nickname from Old English betere ‘fighter’, ‘beater’. Reaney suggests it may also be a short form of the various occupational names ending with -better, for example Leadbetter. German (Bavarian): metonymic occupational name for a maker of rosaries, from Bavarian better ‘rosary’ (from beten ‘to pray’).
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press