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Where did the German Bechtold family come from? What is the German Bechtold family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bechtold family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bechtold family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Bechtold, Bechtolt, Bechtoldt, Becktolt, Beckholt, Beckholdt, Becktold, Becktoldt, Bechthold, Beckthold, Bechtholdt, Becktholdt, Bechtolf, Bechtolff, Bechetold, Becketold, Becketoldt, Bechtle, Bechtel and many more.

First found in Hessen, where the family contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation. The earliest bearers of this name to be mentioned in ancient chronicles were Bechtold of Fulda in 1387, Bechtold Suleffel of Frankfurt in 1442, and Tibertius Bechtolf of Frankfurt in 1568.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bechtold research. Another 212 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1795, 1810, 1829, 1840, and 1856 are included under the topic Early Bechtold History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 41 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bechtold Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bechtold Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Hans Stephen Bechtold, who arrived in America in 1738
  • Kath Bechtold, who arrived in America in 1738
  • Maria Kath Bechtold, who arrived in America in 1738
  • Veit Bechtold, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Zacharia Bechtold, who arrived in America in 1738


Bechtold Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Bernhard Bechtold, who landed in Texas in 1845
  • Bernhard Bechtold settled in Texas in 1845
  • Ph Gotthar Bechtold, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1855
  • Fred W Bechtold, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1857
  • Herman Bechtold, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878

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  • Charles Louis Bechtold (b. 1928), American chemical engineer
  • Adolf Bechtold (b. 1926), German footballer


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  2. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
  3. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  4. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  5. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
  6. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
  7. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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The Bechtold Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bechtold Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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