Bessent is a name that was formed by the Anglo-Saxon
society of old Britain. The name was thought to have been used for someone who once 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 Bessent family
The surname Bessent was first found in Middlesex, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bessent family
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Bessent Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Bessent include Besant, Besaynt, Bezant, Bessant, Besand, Beasant, Bessent, Beazant, Bayzand, Beszant, Bassant, Bassent and many more.
Early Notables of the Bessent family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bessent family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Bessent were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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.