The French surname Bettencourt is an habitational name from any of various places so called, with minor variations in spelling, of which the main one is in Somme. They are named with a Germanic personal name Betto (an assimilated form of Berto (see Bert) + Old French court ‘farm(yard)’). The name is now very frequent in Portugal, where it first occurred in the 15th century. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1805 when E.C. Bettencourt settled in Philadelphia. Today there are approximately 7,000 bearers of the name Bettencourt living in the United States.
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