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Meaning and Origin

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  1. United States educator who worked to improve race relations and educational opportunities for Black Americans (1875-1955)
  1. A surname​.

Notable Persons Named Bethune

Bethune Minet Patton was an athlete. He was most active from 1897 to 1931. Bethune was born on March 5th, 1876 in London. Bethune is also known as Patton and Peter. He died on April 10th, 1939.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune was an educator, author, and african american civil rights leader. Mary was given the name Mary Jane McLeod on July 10th, 1875 in Mayesville, South Carolina, U.S. She passed away on May 18th, 1955.


Norman Bethune was a medician. Norman was given the name Henry Norman Bethune on March 4th, 1890 in Gravenhurst, Ontario. He passed away on November 12th, 1939.


Pete Bethune is a skipper, conservationist, and conservation movement. Pete was given the name Peter James Bethune on April 4th, 1965 in New Zealand.


Zina Bethune was an actor, ballet dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Her career lasted from 1951 to 2006. Zina was born on February 17th, 1945 in New York City, New York, U.S. She left this life on February 12th, 2012.


Maximilien de Béthune was a Chief Minister, Superintendent of Finances, and Prime Minister of France. His military service ended in 1598. Maximilien was born on December 13th, 1559 in Rosny-sur-Seine. He died on December 22nd, 1641.


Gordon Bethune is a chief executive officer, continental airlines, vice president, boeing, braniff, sr. vice president, piedmont airlines, braniff international airways, continental airlines(1994-2004), (1988-1994), (1978-1982), and (1984-1988). Gordon was born on August 29th, 1941 in San Antonio.


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Popularity of Bethune as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Bethune U.S.
  White 54.63% 64.26%
  African American 39.22% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.61% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.64% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.91% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.99% 16.26%

Of Last Name Bethune

People with the last name Bethune are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Bethune

  • How Popular is the name Bethune? As a last name Bethune was the 9,437th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Bethune first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Bethune is Thursday, June 26th, 1879.
  • How unique is the name Bethune? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Bethune. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Bethune: Your name in reverse order is Enuhteb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nbetuhe. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Bethune? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,447 people with the last name Bethune.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bethune? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Bethune as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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