Bessant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Bessant surname lie with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name Bessant began when someone in that family worked as a coiner or minter. The name is derived from a coin called the byzantius, whose name is derived from the city of Byzantium, where they were minted.

Early Origins of the Bessant family

The surname Bessant was first found in Middlesex, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Bessant family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bessant research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1168, 1190, 1194, 1748, 1752, 1776, 1836, and 1870 are included under the topic Early Bessant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bessant Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Bessant has appeared include Besant, Besaynt, Bezant, Bessant, Besand, Beasant, Bessent, Beazant, Bayzand, Beszant, Bassant, Bassent and many more.

Early Notables of the Bessant family (pre 1700)

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Australia Bessant migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bessant Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Bessant (post 1700) +

  • Revd Canon Simon Bessant, English Priest-in-Charge of St. Mark's Church, Grenoside, South Yorkshire
  • John Bessant (1892-1982), English cricketer who played for Gloucestershire between 1921 and 1928

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Edward William Bessant (d. 1912), aged 31, English Baggage Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [2]
  • William Edward Lowe Bessant (1870-1912), English fireman, member of the engineering crew aboard the RMS Titanic who died in the sinking [2]

  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 29th March 2022).
  2. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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