Bezanson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Bezanson is a name that was formed by the Anglo-Saxon society of old Britain. The name was thought to have been used for someone who once worked as a coiner or minter. The name is derived from a coin called the byzantius, whose name is derived from the city of Byzantium, where they were minted.

Early Origins of the Bezanson family

The surname Bezanson was first found in Middlesex, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Bezanson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bezanson research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1168, 1190, 1194, 1748, 1752, 1776, 1836, and 1870 are included under the topic Early Bezanson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bezanson Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Bezanson include Besant, Besaynt, Bezant, Bessant, Besand, Beasant, Bessent, Beazant, Bayzand, Beszant, Bassant, Bassent and many more.

Early Notables of the Bezanson family (pre 1700)

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United States Bezanson migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Bezanson were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Bezanson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Bezanson, aged 25, arrived in New York in 1894 aboard the ship "La Normandie" from Havre, France [1]
  • Maria Bezanson, aged 20, arrived in New York in 1895 aboard the ship "Silvia" from Halifax, England [2]
Bezanson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Clifford Bezanson, aged 18, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Glooscap" from Windsor, Nova Scotia,Canada [3]
  • Walter Bezanson, aged 24, destined for Malden, Mass., arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Fort Hamilton" from Hamilton, Bermuda [4]
  • Walter Bezanson, aged 26, destined for Malden, Mass., arrived in New York in 1922 aboard the ship "Cameronia" from Naples, Italy [5]
  • Walter Bezanson, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1923 aboard the ship "Mexico" from Tampico, Mexico [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bezanson (post 1700) +

  • Walter E Bezanson (1894-2011), American author, best known for his studies of Melville's Moby Dick including "Moby-Dick: Work of Art" (1953) and "Moby-Dick: Document, Drama, Dream" (1986)
  • Philip Thomas Bezanson (1916-1975), American composer and educator from Athol, Massachusetts
  • A. M. Bezanson (b. 1878), Canadian settler to northern Alberta from Halifax, Nova Scotia; he settled and promoted what would later become known as the hamlet Bezanson, Alberta
  • Brother Thomas Bezanson (1929-2007), Canadian born artist from Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Keith Bezanson (1985-1988), Canadian diplomat, Canadian Ambassador to Peru and Bolivia


  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX9C-LJ6 : 6 December 2014), Joseph Bezanson, 27 Aug 1894; citing departure port Havre, arrival port New York, ship name La Normandie, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX3G-BZL : 6 December 2014), Maria Bezanson, 06 Jun 1895; citing departure port Halifax, arrival port New York, ship name Silvia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6WK-NQS : 6 December 2014), Clifford Bezanson, 02 Nov 1919; citing departure port Windsor, Nova Scotia,Canada, arrival port New York, ship name Glooscap, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6CG-MNL : 6 December 2014), Walter Bezanson, 19 Apr 1920; citing departure port Hamilton, Bermuda, arrival port New York, ship name Fort Hamilton, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNVN-4WL : 6 December 2014), Walter Bezanson, 25 Aug 1922; citing departure port Naples, arrival port New York, ship name Cameronia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNN2-7Y8 : 6 December 2014), Walter Bezanson, 03 Feb 1923; citing departure port Tampico, Mexico, arrival port New York, ship name Mexico, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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