Origin of Befall
From Middle English befallen, from Old English befeallan (“to fall, deprive of, bereave of, fall to, be assigned to, befall”), equivalent to be- + fall. Cognate with Dutch bevallen (“to please”), German befallen (“to befall, attack, overcome”), Swedish befalla (“to command, prescribe, direct”).
Middle English bifallen from Old English befeallan to fall
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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