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Where did the German Bectolshaim family come from? What is the German Bectolshaim family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bectolshaim family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bectolshaim family history?The bountiful region surrounding the Rhine river is the birthplace of the name Bectolshaim. A single name was, at one time, all that people needed. However, increasing ease of travel and the burgeoning populations forced people to adopt a hereditary surname to set themselves apart from others. A common form of surname found in the Rhineland was the local name, a name taken on from a place-name. Originally denoting the proprietorship of a village or estate, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Bectolshaim was given to someone who lived in the Rhineland, where the family played an influential role in the development of the region.
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Bectolshaim include Bechtolsheim, Bectolsheim, Becktolsheim, Becketolsheim, Becktollsheim, Bechtollsheim, Bechtolshaim, Bectolshaim, Becktolshaim, Becketolshaim, Becktollshaim, Bechtollshaim, Bechtelsheim, Bechelsheim, Bechelheim and many more.
First found in the Rhineland, where the family became noted for its many branches within the region.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bectolshaim research. Another 208 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1624, 1725, 1806, 1808, and 1852 are included under the topic Early Bectolshaim History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 57 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bectolshaim Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from the Rhineland who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name Bectolshaim, or one of its variants above: Byron Becton, who arrived in Ohio in 1860-1875; and John Becton, who came to Ontario in 1871.
The Bectolshaim Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bectolshaim 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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