From the historic region known as the Rhineland
comes the honored name Beverel. Originally, people were known only by a single name. However, as the population increased and people began to travel, hereditary surnames
became necessary. Two of the common types of family names used in the Rhineland
surnames, which were derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which were derived from the mother's given name. The surname Beverel was derived from a beautiful person which is derived from the Old French words beu
, which mean fair
, and veir
, which mean to see.
In the 8th and 9th centuries, the French language was commonly spoken in the German states. For example, the court of Charlemagne
(742-814) was Christian and Latin-speaking, but the Frankish dialect of Old German and Old French were commonly used for personal names.
Early Origins of the Beverel family
The surname Beverel was first found in the Rhineland
, where the name Beveren made a significant early contribution to European feudal
society. The name Beveren became figured prominently in local
affairs. It branched into many houses, where family members continued to play important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, which saw each group vying for increased power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.
Early History of the Beverel family
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Beverel Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Beverel include Beveren, Baeveren, Baveren, Beveron, Baveron, Baeveron, Bevveren, Beverren, Beverenn, Beverens, Bevren, Bevvren, Bevrenn, Beverer, Beverel, Beverele, Beverle, Bevverer, Bevverel, Bevverele, Bevverle, Baverer, Baeverer, Baverel, Baeverel, Baverele and many more.
Early Notables of the Beverel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beverel 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 the Rhineland
who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland
to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland
passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island
, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name Beverel, or one of its variants above: settlers who arrived and established themselves along the eastern seaboard of the United States and in Canada during the 18th and 19th centuries.