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The name Besse is an old Languedoc name. It comes from when the family lived in Languedoc included the southeastern portion of the Massif Central, a plateau in the south of France, and ran from the province of Rousillon, in the west, to the Rhne River, forming the border with Provence, in the east. Its capital was Toulouse. It was formed around the county of Toulouse. It was named after the language in use in the region. Langue d'oc means "the language that uses oc for yes," as opposed to the northern dialect, langue d'ol, which means "the language that uses ol for yes."

Besse Early Origins



The surname Besse was first found in Languedoc, where the family were formerly seated.

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Besse Spelling Variations


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Besse Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Besse include Bes, Bs, Besse, Bse, Bez, Bec, Bce, Bcce, Besses, Bess, Best, Beste, Bze, Baiz, Baize, Baise, Baisse, Baisses, Le Bes, Le Bs, Le Besse, Le Bse, Le Bez, Le Bec, Le Bce, Le Bcce, Le Besses, Le Bess, Le Best, Le Beste, Le Bet, Le Bett, Le Bette, De Bze, De Baiz, De Baize, De Baise, De Baisse, De Baisses, De Bes, De Bs, De Besse, De Bse, De Bez, De Bec, De Bce, De Bcce, De Besses, De Bess, De Best, De Beste, De Bet, De Bett and many more.

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Besse Early History


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Besse Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Besse research. Another 474 words (34 lines of text) covering the years 1234, 1271, 1292, 1307, 1529, and 1700 are included under the topic Early Besse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Besse Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Besse Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Besse 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



In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebe c. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Besse has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Besse were

Besse Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Besse settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Mrs. Besse, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • William Besse, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • William Besse, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • Mr Besse, who landed in Virginia in 1658
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Besse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Bertrand Besse who was recorded as having arrived in Louisiana in 1718
  • Bertrand Besse, who arrived in Louisiana in 1718

Besse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • August Besse, aged 23, landed in New York, NY in 1852
  • Henrietta Besse, aged 21, arrived in New York, NY in 1852
  • Johannes Besse, aged 5, landed in New York in 1854
  • Josephine Besse, aged 33, landed in New York in 1854
  • Sohpie Besse, aged 21, arrived in New York in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Besse Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Bryant Besse, who landed in Canada in 1828

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Contemporary Notables of the name Besse (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Besse (post 1700)



  • Herman Besse (1911-1972), American baseball player
  • Ralph Moore Besse (b. 1905), American lawyer
  • Martial Besse, French soldier, who fought in the American civil was and later became a General in the French army
  • Martial Besse, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Brigadier-General Jean Besse (1884-1954), French General Officer Commanding March Division Besse
  • Jacques-Joseph-Marie Besse, French Priest and Legislator

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Animi viam monstrat eis
Motto Translation: Just for fun way to show them


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Gurard, Albert Lon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    10. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Gnral de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
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    The Besse Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Besse 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.

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