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The surname Bechtold was first found in Hessen, where the family contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation. The earliest bearers of this name to be mentioned in ancient chronicles were Bechtold of Fulda in 1387, Bechtold Suleffel of Frankfurt in 1442, and Tibertius Bechtolf of Frankfurt in 1568. Bachtel is a mountain of the Zurich Upperland, Swiss Prealps in the canton of Zurich. Atop of the mountain is Bachtel Tower, a 60 m (200 ft) tall radio tower.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bechtold, Bechtolt, Bechtoldt, Becktolt, Beckholt, Beckholdt, Becktold, Becktoldt, Bechthold, Beckthold, Bechtholdt, Becktholdt, Bechtolf, Bechtolff, Bechetold, Becketold, Becketoldt, Bechtle, Bechtel and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bechtold research. Another 399 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1829, 1840, 1810, 1795, 1856 and 1795 are included under the topic Early Bechtold History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bechtold Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Hans Stephen Bechtold, who arrived in America in 1738
  • Kath Bechtold, who arrived in America in 1738
  • Maria Kath Bechtold, who arrived in America in 1738
  • Veit Bechtold, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Zacharia Bechtold, who arrived in America in 1738


Bechtold Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Bernhard Bechtold, who landed in Texas in 1845
  • Bernhard Bechtold settled in Texas in 1845
  • Ph Gotthar Bechtold, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1855
  • Fred W Bechtold, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1857
  • Herman Bechtold, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878

Bechtold Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • Michael Bechtold, aged 19, landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Emil Bechtold, aged 18, landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902

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  • Mary C. O'M. Bechtold, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1944
  • Karl K. Bechtold (b. 1910), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Senate 46th District, 1939-42
  • Charles Louis Bechtold (b. 1928), American chemical engineer
  • Adolf Bechtold (b. 1926), German footballer


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