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Betschart Surname History

The German state of Bavaria is the ancestral home of the Betschart family. Betschart is a local name. Betschart is a name for someone who lived in Bavaria. The Betschart family is known to have been an essential part of the political and religious community of Bavaria from ancient times.

Early Origins of the Betschart family

The surname Betschart was first found in Bavaria, where the family emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region.

Early History of the Betschart family

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Betschart 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 Betschart include Bettschart, Betschart, Bettshart, Bettscharte, Bethschart, Betteschart and many more.

Early Notables of the Betschart family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Betschart family to the New World and Oceana

European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Betscharts to arrive in North America, and among them were: Joseph Bettschard, who settled in Dubuque County, Iowa in 1852; and other settlers who traveled to and established themselves along the eastern seaboard of the United States and in Canada in the 18th and 19th centuries..

Contemporary Notables of the name Betschart (post 1700)

  • Kurt Betschart (b. 1968), Swiss gold, two-time silver and five-time bronze medalist professional cyclist
  • Sandra Betschart (b. 1989), Swiss footballer, member of the Switzerland women's national football team
  • Nina Betschart (b. 1995), Swiss seven-time gold medalist beach volleyball player

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