The ancient roots of the Basnardt family are found in the German state of Bavaria
. Basnardt was a local
name, for someone who lived in Bavaria. The Basnardt family became prominent in local affairs and as a result, it acquired a distinguished reputation among the other noble families in Bavaria.
Early Origins of the Basnardt family
The surname Basnardt was first found in Bavaria
, where the name Besnard made a great early contribution to the feudal
society of early Europe. The name Besnard became prominent in local
affairs and branched into many houses where family members continued to play important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts which resulted as each group sought to maximize its power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.
Early History of the Basnardt family
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Basnardt 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 Basnardt include Besnard, Besnarde, Besnart, Besnarte, Bessnard, Bessnarde, Bessnart, Bessnarte, Basnard, Basnarde, Basnart, Basnarte, Bassnard, Bassnarde, Bassnart, Bassnarte, Baesnard, Baesnarde, Baesnart, Baesnarte, Baessnard, Baessnarde, Baessnart and many more.
Early Notables of the Basnardt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Basnardt family to the New World and Oceana
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 Basnardt surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Rene Besnart and Francoise Besnard both of whom arrived in Montreal, Que. in 1653; and other settlers who established themselves along the eastern coast of the United States and in Canada during the 18th and 19th centuries..