Bedsole History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Bedsole family

The surname Bedsole 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.

Early History of the Bedsole family

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

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

Early Notables of the Bedsole family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the name Bedsole 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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Migration of the Bedsole family

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 Bedsole surname or a spelling variation of the name include: John Henry Betzold, who came to Philadelphia in 1834; Christopher Betzold, who arrived in Philadelphia, in 1840; Matthaus Bezold, who came to Philadelphia in 1842.

Contemporary Notables of the name Bedsole (post 1700) +

  • Harold Jay "Hal" Bedsole (1941-2017), American football tight end for the Minnesota Vikings (1964–1966), inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame
  • T. J. Bedsole, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1924
  • J. G. Bedsole, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1956
  • Ann Smith Bedsole (b. 1930), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1964 (alternate), 1972; Member of Alabama Republican State Executive Committee, 1966 on Facebook
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