The Berswordte surname in 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 Berswordte family
The surname Berswordte was first found in 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 Berswordte family
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Berswordte Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Berswordte include Berswordt, Berswort, Bersworte, Berswordte, Bersword, Bersworde, Berswoert and many more.
Early Notables of the Berswordte family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Berswordte family to the New World and Oceana
For many Germans, emigration to North America was an inviting alternative to the trials of life in the old country. From the mid-17th into the present century, thousands of Germans migrated across the Atlantic. They capitalized on the chance to escape poverty and persecution, and to own their own land. After 1650, Germans settled throughout the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also landed in Canada, settling in Ontario or father west on the rich land of the prairies. 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.