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Nestled between the Rhine and Wesser rivers is the ancient German region of Westphalia. Westphalia, the home of the name Bensburg. Hereditary surnames were adopted in this region after the 12th century, and surnames were derived from localities were common. Local surnames originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. When coupled with the German preposition von, which means from or of, local names can indicate that the initial bearer of the name was an aristocrat. The Bensburg family originally lived in any of the numerous villages in the duchy of Berg. The last portion of the name Bensburg is derived from the German word burc, and/or the word burg, which both refer to a fortified town.

Bensburg Early Origins



The surname Bensburg was first found in the duchy of Berg, where the family emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. Chronicles first mention the name, which was taken from a village in the duchy of Berg, in the year 1222. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

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Bensburg Spelling Variations


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Bensburg 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 Bensburg include Bennesberg, Bensberg, Bensburg, Bensburne, Benesberg, Bensburne, Bennsberg, Bennesbergh, Bennesberger, Bennesburg, Bennesburger, Bensburg, Bensburger, Benesberger, Bennsberger, Bennsburg and many more.

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Bensburg Early History


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Bensburg Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bensburg research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1278 and 1396 are included under the topic Early Bensburg History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bensburg Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bensburg Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bensburg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North Ameri ca. This great migration began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century. Resettlement was particularly attractive to those from Westphalia as a means of escape from poverty and religious persecution. For many Westphalian farmers, the chance to own one's own land was also a major incentive. The process of the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlements centered around Ontario and the Prairie provinces. Among them were: Friederich CH Bensberg, who arrived in New York in 1849.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bensburg (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bensburg (post 1700)



  • S. W. Bensburg, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1908

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    Other References

    1. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    2. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    3. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    4. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    8. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    9. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    10. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
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    The Bensburg Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bensburg Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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