Beverer is an ancient German name that originated in the Rhineland
. While the Germans at first used only one name, population increases created confusion among people of the same name, forcing them to adopt hereditary surnames
. Two types of surname formed in Germany
names, taken from the given name of the father, and metronymic names, taken from the name of the mother. Beverer 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 Beverer family
The surname Beverer 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 Beverer family
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Beverer 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 Beverer 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 Beverer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beverer family to the New World and Oceana
Between the 17th and 20th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Europeans came to North America, and many Rhinelanders were among them. They had many various reasons for making the choice: to escape poverty and persecution, for adventure, and for the opportunity to own their own land. Ellis Island
, one of the main American immigration centers, saw many settlers as they moved on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, they found homes in Ontario, and on the great plains of the Midwestern provinces. The Beverer were among of the early German families that came to North America: settlers who arrived and established themselves along the eastern seaboard of the United States and in Canada during the 18th and 19th centuries.