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The surname Betzold was first found in Franconia and Thuringia, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by various leaders in their search for power. Chronicles first mention L. Beczolt of Merseburg in 1489.
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Betzold include Betzold, Betsold, Bezold, Betzolt, Betsolt, Bezolt, Bessold, Bessolt, Petzold, Petzoldt, Betzoldt, Bedsole and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Betzold research. Another 186 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1836 and 1859 are included under the topic Early Betzold History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 77 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Betzold Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Betzold surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Betzold Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Betzold Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Betzold 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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