Early Origins of the Betzoldt family
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.
Early History of the Betzoldt family
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Betzoldt Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Betzoldt family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Betzoldt in this period include Albert von Betzold (b.1836), who was the son of the eminent D. von Betzold. Albert rose to even greater renown than his father, as he was a student... Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Betzoldt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Betzoldt 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 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.