Origin of Bestead
Middle English bistad placed bi- be- -stad (ultimately from Old Norse staddr placed) (past participle of stedhja to stop) (from stadhr place stā- in Indo-European roots)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From be- + Old Norse staddr (“placed”), later assimilated to Etymology 1, above.
From be- + stead (“to support, help”).
From be- + stead (“place”).
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