The German state of Bavaria
is the ancestral home of the Betenbecher family. Betenbecher is a local
name, first used as a surname for someone who lived in Bavaria
. The family acquired a prestigious reputation in this area and increased its influence as branches of the same house purchased new lands, often in areas beyond Bavaria. The acquisition of new estates, combined with their numerous contributions to German culture and society, made the Bettenbecks prosperous members of the area's landed gentry.
Early Origins of the Betenbecher family
The surname Betenbecher was first found in Bavaria
, where the name Bettenbecken came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. The influence of the family increased as branches of the same house acquired new estates, often in new areas beyond Bavaria
. The acquisition of new estates, combined with their great contributions to society, succeeded in elevating their social status.
Early History of the Betenbecher family
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Betenbecher Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Betenbecher include Bettenbecken, Betenbecken, Bettenbechen, Bettenbeken, Betenbechen, Betenbeken, Bettinbecken, Bettenbecker, Bettenbeckel, Bettenbeckele, Bettenbeckle, Betenbecker, Betenbeckle, Betenbeckel, Betenbeckele, Bettenbecher, Bettenbechel, Bettenbechele, Bettenbechle, Bettenbeker, Bettenbekel, Bettenbekele, Bettenbekle, Betenbecher, Betenbechel, Betenbechele and many more.
Early Notables of the Betenbecher family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Betenbecher family to the New World and Oceana
European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant
farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Betenbechers to arrive in North America, and among them were: Michael Bedenbaugh, who arrived in South Carolina in 1752.