The German state of Prussia
, which reached the zenith of its power in the late 19th century, is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Baschefer. In the medieval era, after the fall of the Roman Empire
, the German lands were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the Barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known as Prussia
was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia
, West Prussia
, and East Prussia
. The colorful history of Brandenburg-Prussia
provides a glimpse at the oldest origins of the Baschefer family.
Early Origins of the Baschefer family
The surname Baschefer was first found in Prussia
, where the family made a great early contribution to the feudal
society of early Europe.
Early History of the Baschefer family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Baschefer research.Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1705, 1630, 1711, 1705 and 1731 are included under the topic Early Baschefer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Baschefer Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Baschefer include Beschefer, Bescheffer, Bescheferr, Beshefer, Besheffer, Besheferr, Beschefen, Beschefel, Beschefele, Beschefle, Bescheffen, Bescheffel, Bescheffele, Bescheffle, Beshefen, Beshefel, Beshefele, Beshefle, Besheffen, Besheffel, Besheffele and many more.
Early Notables of the Baschefer family (pre 1700)
Prominent bearers of the family name Baschefer during this time period were Thierry Beschefer, sometimes given as "Theodore", (1630-1711), a Jesuit missionary and became the superior of the Canadian mission; and Jacques Beschefer, a Prussian lieutenant, who received his diploma on January 18, 1705. He owned... Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Baschefer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Baschefer family to the New World and Oceana
The state of Prussia
was a great influence on the shape of modern Germany
. After the Second World War, Prussia's land was divided among the Soviet Union
, Poland, East Germany
and West Germany
and the state was abolished. Some Prussians remained in those countries after the war, while many others migrated to North America in search of a new start. Philadelphia was their primary point of entry to the United States, after which many of them moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. A large number of Prussians also migrated to Ontario and the prairie provinces as United Empire Loyalists. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Baschefers to arrive in North America, and among them were: Aba. H. Basch, who settled in New York, NY in 1867; Amalie Basch, who arrived in New York, NY in 1859; Catherine Basch, who came to New York, NY in 1861.