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The history of the Besson family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living at Beeston Castle, in the county of Cheshire. Beeston is also a village near Leeds. Bayston Hill is a large village and civil parish in central Shropshire.

Besson Early Origins



The surname Besson was first found in Cheshire, at Beeston, a township, in the parish of Bunbury, union of Nantwich, First division of the hundred of Eddisbury. "This place takes its name from a castle founded by Ranulph de Blundeville, about 1220, and which was made a royal garrison in the war between Henry III. and the confederate barons. Of the ancient mansion of the Beeston family, who long resided here, there are but small remains." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Besson Spelling Variations


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Besson Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Besson include Beeston, Beaston, Beeson, Beason, Beestoun, Beson and many more.

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Besson Early History


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Besson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Besson research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1636, 1702, 1579, 1638, 1606 and 1682 are included under the topic Early Besson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Besson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Besson Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Besson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Besson In Ireland


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Besson In Ireland



Some of the Besson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Besson or a variant listed above:

Besson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Tho Besson, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Thomas Besson, who landed in Maryland in 1649
  • Hestor Besson, who arrived in Maryland in 1650
  • Stephen Besson, who landed in Maryland in 1662

Besson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Margaretha Besson, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805

Besson Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Jean Besson, aged 23, landed in Canada in 1642

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Contemporary Notables of the name Besson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Besson (post 1700)



  • General Frank Schaffer Besson Jr. (1910-1985), American Chairman of the Joint Logistics Review Board (1969-1970)
  • Jacques de Besson, Baron d'Ormeschwiller, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • General Antoine-Marie-Benoit Besson (1876-1969), French Director of Prisoner of War Service
  • Albert Besson (1896-1965), French hygienist, physician, and member of the French Academy of Medicine
  • Jacques Besson (1535-1575), French mathematician
  • Gustave Auguste Besson (1820-1874), French brass instrument maker
  • Colette Besson (1946-2005), French Olympic athlete
  • Benno Besson (1922-2006), Swiss actor and film director

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  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. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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The Besson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Besson 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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