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Where did the English Becke family come from? What is the English Becke family crest and coat of arms? When did the Becke family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Becke family history?The name Becke arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Becke family lived in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. The name, however, derives from the Old Norse word bekkr, meaning stream. The term beck which refers to a running stream is quite common in the north of England. The names of several towns in northern France were based on variants of this word.
A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Beck, Becke, Bech, Beche and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Becke research. Another 185 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1279, 1282, 1293, 1330, 1341, 1343, and 1347 are included under the topic Early Becke History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 42 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Becke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Becke family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 158 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Becke or a variant listed above:
Becke Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Becke Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
The Becke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Becke Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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