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Where did the German Bettenbekel family come from? What is the German Bettenbekel family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bettenbekel family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bettenbekel family history?

Bavaria, Germany is the ancestral home of the Bettenbekel family. The Bettenbekel surname evolved as a local name for a family that 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.

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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 Bettenbekel 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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bettenbekel research. Another 165 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bettenbekel History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Bettenbekel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bettenbekel or a variant listed above: Michael Bedenbaugh, who arrived in South Carolina in 1752.

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The Bettenbekel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bettenbekel 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.

This page was last modified on 19 February 2013 at 09:38.

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