Bessent Family History
Bessent Name Meaning
English: from Middle English besant, the name of a gold coin (via Old French from Latin (nummus) byzantius, so called because it was first minted at Byzantium). The surname arose as a metonymic occupational name for a minter or moneyer or else as a nickname for a man who was considered to be rich or miserly.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press