Bessel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Bessel family

The surname Bessel was first found in Switzerland, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs. The name derives form the designation Baseler, a person from the Swiss city of Basel.

Early History of the Bessel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bessel research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1494, 1672, 1749, 1784, 1786, 1813, and 1846 are included under the topic Early Bessel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bessel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bessel, Bessele, Beszel, Bezsel, Bessl, Bessli and many more.

Early Notables of the Bessel family (pre 1700)

Notables of the time with the surname Bessel were Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel (1784-1846), a German astronomer, who was summoned by the King of Prussia to build...
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United States Bessel migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bessel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Nicholas Bessel, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1841 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bessel (post 1700) +

  • Ted Bessel (1935-1996), American comedic actor
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel (1784-1846), German astronomer, said to be the first person to measure the distance of a star other than the Sun


  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)


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