The distinguished surname Beguelin came from the German state of Prussia
. This state was known for its majestic landscape, its advanced industrial technology, its military prowess, and for its contributions to European culture. However, in the medieval era, Prussia
was fragmented and inhabited by numerous barbarian tribes, who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The borders of the barbarian kingdoms, which were established after the fall of the Roman Empire
, changed repeatedly. The region that came to be known as Prussia
was roughly divided between the territories of Brandenburg-Prussia
, West Prussia
and East Prussia
. The Beguelin family emerged in Brandenburg- Prussia
, which is essentially the birthplace of modern Germany
. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia
had incorporated East Prussia
, West Prussia
and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the unification of Germany.
Early Origins of the Beguelin family
The surname Beguelin was first found in Prussia
, where the family was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal
society which would become prominent throughout European history.
Early History of the Beguelin family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beguelin research.Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1786 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Beguelin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Beguelin Spelling Variations
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 Beguelin include Beguelin, Begguelin, Beguellin, Beguelinn, Begelin, Begellin, Beglin, Begglin, Beguelan, Begguelan, Beglan, Begelan, Beggelan, Beguelen, Begguelen, Beguellen, Begelen, Begellen, Beglen and many more.
Early Notables of the Beguelin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beguelin family to the New World and Oceana
Since medieval times, the state of Prussia
has played an important part in the history of Germany
. The state's military powers were historically very strong, and endured until after the Second World War, when the territory was broken up and divided between the Soviet Union
, Poland, East Germany
and West Germany. A spurt of migration followed, with some Prussians going elsewhere in Europe and many others crossing the ocean to North America. Most entered the United States through Philadelphia. Some remained there, while more moved on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others traveled to Canada and settled Ontario and the prairie provinces. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Beguelin or a variant listed above: Daniel Begglin who was recorded as having arrived in Allegheny County in 1846; James Beglin, who settled in Philadelphia in 1858; Germann Beglin, who arrived in Philadelphia, in 1875..
Contemporary Notables of the name Beguelin (post 1700)
- Chad Beguelin (b. 1969), American playwright and lyricist