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Besler Early Origins



The surname Besler was first found in Pomerania, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power. Although literally the name means "one from Basel," a prominent Swiss city, the most ancient and prominent branches arose exclusively in the north. In certain regions of northern Germany, the word "beseler" referred to a dagger. Chronicles first Hans Beseler of the prominent Pomeranian city Greifswald around 1330. By 1382, a P. Beseler was recorded in Frankfurt, Hessen.

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Besler Spelling Variations


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Besler Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Baseler, Beseller, Besseller, Baseller, Beseler and many more.

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Besler Early History


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Besler Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Besler research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1561, 1629, 1680, 1745 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Besler History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Besler Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Besler Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent bearers of the name Besler at this time were Basilius Besler (1561-1629), Nuremberg apothecary and botanist, best known for his monumental Hortus Eystettensis; Johann Ernst Elias Bessler (1680-1745), a German entrepreneur who demonstrated...

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Besler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Besler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Francis Besler, age 46, who arrived in America in 1709 with his wife and three sons

Besler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christian Henry Besler, who arrived in Harford County, Maryland in 1838
  • Christian Henry Besler, aged 34, who landed in Harford County, Maryland in 1838 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • John Besler, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1873 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Alexander Besler, who arrived in New York City in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Besler (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Besler (post 1700)



  • William John Besler (1904-1985), American co-inventor of the world's first steam powered aeroplane at Oakland, California, on 12 April 1933
  • William George Besler (1865-1942), American businessman, President of the Central Railroad of New Jersey
  • Matt Besler (b. 1987), American soccer player
  • Peter Besler (b. 1963), Canadian investment advisor and author in Toronto

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Citations


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Citations



  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)

Other References

  1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
  3. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
  6. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
  7. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
  8. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
  9. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Besler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Besler Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 7 June 2013 at 14:04.

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