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.
Early Origins of the Bensburg family
Early History of the Bensburg family
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Early Notables of the Bensburg family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bensburg family to the New World and Oceana
Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North America. 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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Bensburg (post 1700)
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