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Early Origins of the Bessette family

The surname Bessette was first found in Forez, a former province of France, now part of the modern Loire département, the Haute-Loire and Puy-de-Dôme départements, where the family held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Bessette family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bessette research. Another 289 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1447, 1470, 1520, 1549, 1609, 1690, 1657, 1746, 1759, 1600, 1612, 1673, 1639, 1645, 1715 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Bessette History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bessette Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Besset, Bessez, Besser, Bessey, Bessé, Bessée, Bezet, Bezez, Bezer, Bezé, Bezée, Bessait, Bessais, Bessaie, Bessaies, Bezait, Bezais, Bezaie, Bezaies, Du Besset, Du Bessez, Du Besser, Du Bessé, Du Bezet, Du Bezez, Du Bezer, Du Bezé, Du Bessait, Du Bessais, Du Bessaie, Du Bessaies, Du Bezait, Du Bezais, Du Bezaie, Du Bezaies, De Besseto, Bessette and many more.

Early Notables of the Bessette family (pre 1700)

Quelques membres notables appartenaient à cette famille. Parmi eux, on trouve Claude Du Besset, Lord of Besset during the 1600's; François Byssot de la Rivière (1612-1673), French settler to New France before 1639, he...
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Bessette Ranking

In the United States, the name Bessette is the 6,986th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1] However, in Quebec, Canada, the name Bessette is ranked the 509th most popular surname. [2]

United States Bessette migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bessette Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Nellie M. Bessette, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1912
  • Celine Bessette, aged 23, who settled in America from Bordeaux, France, in 1917
  • Jean Casimir Bessette, aged 31, who immigrated to the United States from Bordeaux, France, in 1917
  • Mary Bessette, aged 48, who settled in New York, in 1921
  • Tony Bessette, aged 21, who settled in America, in 1923

Canada Bessette migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bessette Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Jose Ezeor Bessette, aged 40, who immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1914
  • Louis Bessette, aged 36, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1924
  • Marie Bessette, aged 37, who immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Bessette (post 1700) +

  • Matt Bessette (b. 1984), American mixed martial artist currently competing in CES MMA where he is the reigning Featherweight Champion
  • Russell William Bessette, American dentist and Associate Professor, School of Dentistry, State University of New York, Buffalo
  • Carolyn Bessette (1966-1999), American fashion publicist, best known as the wife of John F. Kennedy Jr
  • Gérard Bessette (1920-2005), French Canadian writer from Sainte-Anne-de-Sabrevois, Quebec
  • Lyne Bessette (b. 1975), Canadian professional bicycle racer from Lac Brome, Quebec
  • André "Blessed Brother Andre" Bessette (1845-1937), Canadian Holy Cross Brother credited with thousands of reported miraculous healings, canonized in 2010

RMS Titanic
  • Miss Amelia Mayo "Nellie" Bessette, aged 39, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 8 [3]

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. "The first 1,000 family names by rank, Quebec (in French only)" Institut de la statistique du Quebec,
  3. Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook