Bezzant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Bezzant dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from a member of the family who 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 Bezzant family

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

Early History of the Bezzant family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bezzant 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 Bezzant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bezzant Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Bezzant has undergone many spelling variations, including Besant, Besaynt, Bezant, Bessant, Besand, Beasant, Bessent, Beazant, Bayzand, Beszant, Bassant, Bassent and many more.

Early Notables of the Bezzant family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Bezzant family

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Bezzant were among those contributors: John Bassent, who sailed to South Carolina in 1673; Thomas Bassant, who arrived in Virginia in 1679; Peter Besand, who came to Philadelphia in 1879; Jacob Besand, who came to Philadelphia in 1880.


Contemporary Notables of the name Bezzant (post 1700) +


    HMS Repulse
    • Mr. James Stanley Bezzant (b. 1897), English Chaplain from Cambridge, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [1]


    1. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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