Germany was created from the Germanic name Berswald, which is composed of the elements "bers," the Old Norse word for "bear," and "wald," which is a derivative of waldan and means "to govern."
Early Origins of the Bersworde family
Westphalia, where this family became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. The members of the family were active citizens in the cities of Dortmund and Hamm.
Early History of the Bersworde family
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Bersworde 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 Bersworde include Berswordt, Berswort, Bersworte, Berswordte, Bersword, Bersworde, Berswoert and many more.
Early Notables of the Bersworde family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bersworde 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: settlers who arrived and established themselves along the eastern coast of the United States and in Canada in the 18th and 19th centuries.
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