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Subject: Re: surname Beattie
Author: Jim Young   (guest)
Date: June 7, 2005 at 4:07 PM
Reply to: surname Beattie by sagani

This is a Scottish surname, a diminutive form of the name Bartholomew.
In Ireland it is usually of Scots origin, but sometimes it was adopted as an English language form of biadhtach. A biadhtach, or betagh, was someone designated by a king or chief to provide accommodation and hospitality to visitors. Apparently it was a full-time occupation.
In Ireland it is also spelt Beatty and Betty.

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