The English and Scottish surname Betts is a patronymic or metronymic name, derived from the medieval personal name Bett, a short form of Bartholomew, Beatrice, or Elizabeth. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Terri Bette, which was dated circa 1154, in the "History of St. Bartholomew's Hospital", London. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1640 when John Betts is recorded in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Today there are approximately 20,000 bearers of the name Betts living in the United States.
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