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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.

Bessant Early Origins



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

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Bessant Spelling Variations


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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.

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Bessant Early History


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Bessant Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bessant research. Another 231 words (16 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.

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Bessant Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bessant Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bessant 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



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Bessant arrived in North America very early: John Bassent, who sailed to South Carolina in 1673; Thomas Bassant, who arrived in Virginia in 1679; Peter Besand, who came to Philadelphia in 1879; Jacob Besand, who came to Philadelphia in 1880.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bessant (post 1700)


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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

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Bessant Historic Events


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Bessant Historic Events




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
  • William Edward Lowe Bessant (1870-1912), English fireman, member of the engineering crew aboard the RMS Titanic who died in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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    The Bessant Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bessant 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 23 March 2015 at 08:29.

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