Origins of Betz:
The surname of Betz hails from the country of Germany. The surname itself derives from the Pre 5th Century personal given name of “Bernhard,” or “Beornhard,” which can be comprised of the elements “bern,” which can be translated to mean “the bear,” and “hard,” which can be translated to mean “brave,” “strong,” or “hardy.” The surname itself literally translates to mean “hardy bear.” This surname was used in certain contexts as a nickname. It is a common element of surnames throughout Europe that many of them originally derived from nicknames, as it was a very common practice in medieval times. In the beginning, nicknames were applied to people who had distinguishing characteristics, such as moral or mental peculiarities, a similar appearance to a bird or animal, a similar disposition to a bird or animal, occupation of an individual, their habits, or their manner of dress. In the instance of the surname of Betz, this surname was used to describe someone who was like a bear, or who was a particularly difficult or strong person. The popularity of the personal given name of Betz comes from St. Bernard of Clairvaux (circa 1010 to 1153) who was the founder of the Cistercian Monastery at Clairvaux, and St. Bernard of Menthon (923 to 1108) who was the founder of the Alpine hospices and the patron saint of mountaineers. Thus, the personal given name of Bernard became popularized with the Christians of this era.
More common variations are: Beitz, Beetz, Beatz, Baetz, Bietz, Beutz, Betza, Betzu, Beatzi, Barnard, Benard, Bernat, Bernth, Bernucci, Bieratowicz
The first recorded spelling of the surname of Betz can be traced to the country of England. One person who bore the name of Hugo Bernard was mentioned in the Pipe Rolls for the city of Lincoln, England in the year of 1130. This document was ordered, decreed, and written under the reign of one King Henry I, who was known throughout the ages as one “The Lion of Justice.” King Henry I ruled from the year of 1100 to the year of 1135. Other mentions of the surname of Betz in the country of England include Thomas Bernhard of Cambridge, England in the year of 1260.
The first recorded spelling of the surname of Betz, which is a shortened version of the surname of Bernard, that was found in the country of Germany can be found in the 13th century. One person by the name of Albertus Berenhardus, who was recorded as living in Schwenningen, Germany in the year of 1290. Another mention of the surname of Betz in the country of Germany was one Gregorius Bernhardt, who was baptized at Chemnitz, which is located in Saxony, Germany in the year of 1590, in the month of January 18th. The surname of Betz is the 16,582nd most common surname in the world. The surname of Betz is most prevalent in the country of Germany, and the surname of Betz is also found in highest concentrations within the country of Germany.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Betz: Germany 15,836; United States 12,259; France 551; South Africa 457; Canada 354; Austria 341; Argentina 284; Switzerland 261; Brazil 207; England 177
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