Betzold History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Betzold family

The surname Betzold was 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.

Important Dates for the Betzold family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Betzold research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1836 and 1859 are included under the topic Early Betzold History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Betzold 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 Betzold include Betzold, Betsold, Bezold, Betzolt, Betsolt, Bezolt, Bessold, Bessolt, Petzold, Petzoldt, Betzoldt, Bedsole and many more.

Early Notables of the Betzold family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the name Betzold in this period include Albert von Betzold (b.1836), who was the son of the eminent D. von Betzold. Albert rose to even greater renown than his father, as he was a student...
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Betzold migration to the United States

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 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 [1]
  • John Henry Betzold, who settled in Philadelphia in 1834
  • Fridrich Betzold, who landed in Philadelphia in 1836
  • Christopher Betzold, who arrived in Philadelphia, in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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)
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