The Betschart surname first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria
, some time after the 12th century, when hereditary surnames
were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Betschart is a local
surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Betschart was given to someone who lived in Bavaria
. The Betschart family is known to have been an essential part of the political and religious community of Bavaria
from ancient times.
Early Origins of the Betschart family
The surname Betschart was first found in Bavaria
, where the family emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region.
Early History of the Betschart family
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Betschart Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Betschart include Bettschart, Betschart, Bettshart, Bettscharte, Bethschart, Betteschart and many more.
Early Notables of the Betschart family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Betschart family to the New World and Oceana
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria
who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant
farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany
settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were: Joseph Bettschard, who settled in Dubuque County, Iowa in 1852; and other settlers who traveled to and established themselves along the eastern seaboard of the United States and in Canada in the 18th and 19th centuries..
Contemporary Notables of the name Betschart (post 1700)
- Kurt Betschart (b. 1968), Swiss gold, two-time silver and five-time bronze medalist professional cyclist
- Sandra Betschart (b. 1989), Swiss footballer, member of the Switzerland women's national football team
- Nina Betschart (b. 1995), Swiss seven-time gold medalist beach volleyball player