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The German state of Prussia, which reached the zenith of its power in the late 19th century, is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Bethe. In the medieval era, after the fall of the Roman Empire, the German lands were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the Barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known as Prussia was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. The colorful history of West Prussia, which was nestled between Brandenburg and East Prussia on the Vistula River, provides a glimpse at the oldest origins of the Bethe family. West Prussia, is famous for its ancient cities, such as Danzig, which is renowned for its culture and fine displays of Renaissance art and architecture.

Bethe Early Origins



The surname Bethe was first found in West Prussia and Pomerelia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as that of one of the notable families in the western region. From the 13th century onwards the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

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Bethe Spelling Variations


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Bethe Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Bethe, Bethes, Betthe, Bathe, Bathes, Batthe, Beathe, Beatthe, Beth, Bethin and many more.

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Bethe Early History


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Bethe Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bethe research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1458, 1466 and 1861 are included under the topic Early Bethe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bethe Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bethe Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable figures of the period with the name Bethe were Caspar Nostiz von Bethe, who served as Captain of the Teutonic Order of Knights at Conitz in the 15th century...

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bethe Notables 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: August Beth, who came to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1877.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bethe (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bethe (post 1700)



  • Hans Albrecht Bethe (b. 1906), American (German born) physicist, who received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1967

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