Besse History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Besse is an old Languedoc name. It comes from when the family lived in Languedoc included the southeastern portion of the Massif Central, a plateau in the south of France, and ran from the province of Rousillon, in the west, to the Rhône River, forming the border with Provence, in the east. Its capital was Toulouse. It was formed around the county of Toulouse. It was named after the language in use in the region. Langue d'oc means "the language that uses oc for yes," as opposed to the northern dialect, langue d'oïl, which means "the language that uses oïl for yes."

Early Origins of the Besse family

The surname Besse was first found in Languedoc, where the family were formerly seated.

Important Dates for the Besse family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Besse research. Another 429 words (31 lines of text) covering the years 1234, 1271, 1292, 1307, 1529, and 1700 are included under the topic Early Besse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Besse Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Besse include Bes, Bès, Besse, Bèse, Bez, Bec, Bèce, Bècce, Besses, Bess, Best, Beste, Bèze, Baiz, Baize, Baise, Baisse, Baisses, Le Bes, Le Bès, Le Besse, Le Bèse, Le Bez, Le Bec, Le Bèce, Le Bècce, Le Besses, Le Bess, Le Best, Le Beste, Le Bet, Le Bett, Le Bette, De Bèze, De Baiz, De Baize, De Baise, De Baisse, De Baisses, De Bes, De Bès, De Besse, De Bèse, De Bez, De Bec, De Bèce, De Bècce, De Besses, De Bess, De Best, De Beste, De Bet, De Bett and many more.

Early Notables of the Besse family (pre 1700)

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Besse migration to the United States

In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Besse has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Besse were

Besse Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Besse, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Mrs. Besse, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [1]
  • William Besse, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [1]
  • William Besse, who landed in Virginia in 1652 [1]
  • Mr Besse, who landed in Virginia in 1658 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Besse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Bertrand Besse who was recorded as having arrived in Louisiana in 1718
  • Bertrand Besse, who arrived in Louisiana in 1718 [1]
Besse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • August Besse, aged 23, who landed in New York, NY in 1852 [1]
  • Henrietta Besse, aged 21, who arrived in New York, NY in 1852 [1]
  • Johannes Besse, aged 5, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • Josephine Besse, aged 33, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • Sohpie Besse, aged 21, who arrived in New York in 1854 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Besse migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Besse Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Bryant Besse, who landed in Canada in 1828

Contemporary Notables of the name Besse (post 1700)

  • Herman Besse (1911-1972), American baseball player
  • Ralph Moore Besse (b. 1905), American lawyer
  • Martial Besse, French soldier, who fought in the American civil was and later became a General in the French army
  • Martial Besse, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [2]
  • Brigadier-General Jean Besse (1884-1954), French General Officer Commanding March Division Besse [3]
  • Jacques-Joseph-Marie Besse, French Priest and Legislator
  • Pierre-Alexandre-Charles Besse de la Romiguière, Magistrate and Legislator, Knight of the Legion of Honour, France

Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) Martial Besse. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  3. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 3) Jean Besse. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Besse/Jean-Joseph-Ren%C3%A9/France.html
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