Bessie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Bessie family

The surname Bessie 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 Bessie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bessie 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 Bessie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bessie 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 Bessie 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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Canada Bessie migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bessie Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Walter Bessie, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Contemporary Notables of the name Bessie (post 1700) +

  • Mrs. Margaret Bessie Wells B.E.M. (b. 1935), British Volunteer for Crohn’s and Colitis UK, was appointed Medallist of the British Empire Medal 29th December 2018 for services to People with Colitis and Crohn’s Disease [1]
  • Mary Bessie Brough (1863-1934), English actress in theatre, silent films and early talkies
  • Bessie A Prado, U.S. Air Force Reserve flight nurse and AIDS clinic charge nurse
  • Bessie Coleman (1892-1926), American civil aviator; on June 15, 1921 she became the first African American woman and the first Native American to earn an aviation pilot's license
  • Bessie Regina Norris (1953-2020), better known by her stage name Betty Wright, an American soul and R&B singer, songwriter and background vocalist, known for hits such as "Clean Up Woman" and "Tonight Is the Night"
  • Bessie Sudlow (1849-1928), stage name of Barbara Elizabeth "Bessie" Johnstone, an English burlesque performer and opera bouffe soprano active in New York
  • Bessie Morris, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Utah, 1928
  • Bessie E. Stone, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Bradford County, 1954 [2]
  • Bessie Chronopoulos, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1980 [3]
  • Bessie Bonehill (1855-1902), English vaudeville singer, comic entertainer and male impersonator, "one of the most famous and wealthy entertainers of her day"


  1. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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