Beis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Anglo-Saxons of Britain first developed the name Beis. It was a name given to someone who was a coiner or minter. The name is derived from a coin called the byzantius, whose name is derived from the city of Byzantium, where they were minted.
Early Origins of the Beis family
The surname Beis was first found in Middlesex, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Beis family
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Beis Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Beis have been found, including Besant, Besaynt, Bezant, Bessant, Besand, Beasant, Bessent, Beazant, Bayzand, Beszant, Bassant, Bassent and many more.
Early Notables of the Beis family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beis family
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Beis, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were: John Bassent, who sailed to South Carolina in 1673; Thomas Bassant, who arrived in Virginia in 1679; Peter Besand, who came to Philadelphia in 1879; Jacob Besand, who came to Philadelphia in 1880.
Contemporary Notables of the name Beis (post 1700) +
- George C. Beis, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1924 
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