Hello again.Thanks for clearing up my misconceptions.My interest in the Bethea name came from a Tristram Bethea who contacted me regarding the name of Bathe. He'd hoped there was some connection and asked about the pronunciation. Bathe is pronounced the same as Bath, despite the French "E" at the end. Other variants are Baa, Bathonia (12th C.) and Bothe, Bawthe (15th C). The name is claimed to have come from the town of Bath in Somerset, England, though some evidence indicates a Devon place name origin. With the increasing standardization of English spelling most families dropped the "e", otherwise the name would have been pronounced with an "a" as in rake. This is what obviously peaked Tristram's curiosity. The big question is whether there were multiple families taking their name from the town, or a single Anglo-Norman family based in Devon spreading out over the centuries into other counties and Ireland. As you probably know, fixed surnames originated with the Normans coming to England (1066) and were far more prevelant there than in other lands including Normandy. You've said that Bathie has it's origin with the Anglo-Normans as they moved into Scotland (12th C) and it's pretty certain the surname didn't have a continental source as few of the original invading Normans had one. I'm wondering, given the similarity in the names, whether they didn't have the same source (as I'm aware of no other English or Scottish place names of the same spelling) and Bathie became corrupted over time. Just for fun...How far back have you gone in your research of the name Bathie? Have you run across any other British place names like it? They say some 60% of all surnames come from places.