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The surname Betzoldt 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 Betzoldt include Betzold, Betsold, Bezold, Betzolt, Betsolt, Bezolt, Bessold, Bessolt, Petzold, Petzoldt, Betzoldt, Bedsole and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Betzoldt research. Another 186 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1836 and 1859 are included under the topic Early Betzoldt History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were: John Henry Betzold, who came to Philadelphia in 1834; Christopher Betzold, who arrived in Philadelphia, in 1840; Matthaus Bezold, who came to Philadelphia in 1842.

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