'It's from the Bible...means House of God (Beth El)
A patronymic surname. It's origins is Welsh. It's motto is ' Ap Ithel ' meaning son of Ithel. Ithel is a popular first name in Wales and meant- ' Beautiful Lord.' First found in Herefordshire,where held a family seat from ancient times. The earliest hereditary surnames in England are found shortly after the Norman Conquest of 1066 and are of Norman French origin rather than native English. On the arrival of the Normans they identified themselves by references to the estates from which they came from in northern France. These names moved rapidly on with their bearers into Scotland and Ireland. Others of the Norman Invaders took names from the estates in England which they had newly acquired.
Entered by Lesa Bethel (Cartwright)