Show ContentsBenzel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Benzel is a patronymic name, derived from the Germanic personal name Bertold. The name Bertold is derived from the Old German words beraht, which means glowing, and told, which means ruler. The personal name therefore means "glowing ruler" and thus surname Benzel means "son of the glowing ruler." Patronymic surnames arose from the vernacular and religious given name traditions. The vernacular or regional naming tradition is the oldest and most pervasive type of patronymic surname. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local language. Vernacular names that were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have cognates in most European languages. For example, the court of Charlemagne (742-814) was Christian and Latin-speaking, but the Frankish dialect of Old German was commonly used for personal names. Vernacular names were also widespread in Germany. As a result, many typical English and French names are of Germanic origin and have cognates in other European languages.

Early Origins of the Benzel family

The surname Benzel was first found in Baden, where the name Bentzel contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation, and later played a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. Over time, the family branched into many houses, where they continued to play a significant role in the local social and political affairs.

Early History of the Benzel family

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Benzel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bentzel, Bentsel, Bentzell, Bensell, Benzell, Benzel, Bennzel, Benntzel, Bantzel, Bantsel, Bantzell, Bansell, Banzell, Banzel, Bannzel, Banntzel, Baentzel, Baentsel, Baentzell, Baensell, Baensell, Baenzell, Baenzel, Baennzel, Baenntzel, Bentzal, Bantzal, Baentzal, Bentzer, Bentser, Bentzen, Bentsen, Bantzele, Bantsele, Bentzele and many more.

Early Notables of the Benzel family

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United States Benzel migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Benzel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Benzel, who arrived in Mississippi in 1860 [1]
  • Johann Benzel, aged 36, who landed in New York in 1874 [1]
  • Mr Benzel, who landed in America in 1874 [1]

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook