The German state of Prussia
, which reached the zenith of its power in the late 19th century, is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Beshefen. In the medieval era, after the fall of the Roman Empire
, the German lands were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the Barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known as Prussia
was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia
, West Prussia
, and East Prussia
. The colorful history of Brandenburg-Prussia
provides a glimpse at the oldest origins of the Beshefen family.
Early Origins of the Beshefen family
The surname Beshefen was first found in Prussia
, where the family made a great early contribution to the feudal
society of early Europe.
Early History of the Beshefen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beshefen research.Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1705, 1630, 1711, 1705 and 1731 are included under the topic Early Beshefen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Beshefen 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 Beshefen include Beschefer, Bescheffer, Bescheferr, Beshefer, Besheffer, Besheferr, Beschefen, Beschefel, Beschefele, Beschefle, Bescheffen, Bescheffel, Bescheffele, Bescheffle, Beshefen, Beshefel, Beshefele, Beshefle, Besheffen, Besheffel, Besheffele and many more.
Early Notables of the Beshefen family (pre 1700)
Prominent bearers of the family name Beshefen during this time period were Thierry Beschefer, sometimes given as "Theodore", (1630-1711), a Jesuit missionary and became the superior of the Canadian mission; and Jacques Beschefer, a Prussian lieutenant, who received his diploma on January 18, 1705. He owned... Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beshefen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Beshefen family to the New World and Oceana
Since medieval times, the state of Prussia
has played an important part in the history of Germany
. The state's military powers were historically very strong, and endured until after the Second World War, when the territory was broken up and divided between the Soviet Union
, Poland, East Germany
and West Germany. A spurt of migration followed, with some Prussians going elsewhere in Europe and many others crossing the ocean to North America. Most entered the United States through Philadelphia. Some remained there, while more moved on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others traveled to Canada and settled Ontario and the prairie provinces. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Beshefen or a variant listed above: Aba. H. Basch, who settled in New York, NY in 1867; Amalie Basch, who arrived in New York, NY in 1859; Catherine Basch, who came to New York, NY in 1861.