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The surname Bantzel is a patronymic name, derived from the Germanic personal name Bertold. The name Bertold is derived from the Old German words beraht, which means glowing, and told, which means ruler. The personal name therefore means "glowing ruler" and thus surname Bantzel means "son of the glowing ruler." Patronymic surnames arose from the vernacular and religious given name traditions. The vernacular or regional naming tradition is the oldest and most pervasive type of patronymic surname. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local language. Vernacular names that were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have cognates in most European languages. For example, the court of Charlemagne (742-814) was Christian and Latin-speaking, but the Frankish dialect of Old German was commonly used for personal names. Vernacular names were also widespread in Germany. As a result, many typical English and French names are of Germanic origin and have cognates in other European languages.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Bentzel, Bentsel, Bentzell, Bensell, Benzell, Benzel, Bennzel, Benntzel, Bantzel, Bantsel, Bantzell, Bansell, Banzell, Banzel, Bannzel, Banntzel, Baentzel, Baentsel, Baentzell, Baensell, Baensell, Baenzell, Baenzel, Baennzel, Baenntzel, Bentzal, Bantzal, Baentzal, Bentzer, Bentser, Bentzen, Bentsen, Bantzele, Bantsele, Bentzele and many more.
First found in Baden, where the name Bentzel contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation, and later played a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. Over time, the family branched into many houses, where they continued to play a significant role in the local social and political affairs.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bantzel research. Another 287 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1717, 1732, and 1790 are included under the topic Early Bantzel History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Bantzel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johan Georg Bentzel arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729; Georg Bentzel settled in Germantown, Pa. in 1734; Henry, John and Philip Bentzell all of whom were recorded as having arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765.
The Bantzel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bantzel 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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