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

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Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Betzold include Betzold, Betsold, Bezold, Betzolt, Betsolt, Bezolt, Bessold, Bessolt, Petzold, Petzoldt, Betzoldt, Bedsole and many more.

First found in Franconia and Thuringia, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by various leaders in their search for power. Chronicles first mention L. Beczolt of Merseburg in 1489.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Betzold research. Another 186 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1836 and 1859 are included under the topic Early Betzold History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 77 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Betzold Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Betzold surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Betzold Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Fredrick Betzold who arrived in Philadelphia in 1819
  • John Frederick Betzold, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1819
  • John Henry Betzold settled in Philadelphia in 1834
  • John Henry Betzold, who came to Philadelphia in 1834
  • Fridrich Betzold, who landed in Philadelphia in 1836


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  2. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
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  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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The Betzold Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Betzold 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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