Becker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Becker family

The surname Becker was first found in Prussia, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs.

Important Dates for the Becker family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Becker research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1647, 1733, 1623, 1679, 1635 and 1682 are included under the topic Early Becker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Becker Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Becker include Becker, Becquer, Becher, Beccher, Beckker, Bekker and many more.

Early Notables of the Becker family (pre 1700)

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Becker migration to the United States

Prussia played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany until after the Second World War. Prussia was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Becker were

Becker Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jochem Becker, aged 38, who landed in New York in 1654 [1]
  • Jan Jurrianse Becker, who landed in New York in 1663 [1]
Becker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Gerhard Becker, who landed in America in 1709 [1]
  • Harts Henrig Becker, who arrived in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Friederich Becker, who arrived in New Jersey in 1709 [1]
  • Albert Becker, who arrived in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Anna Cath Becker, who arrived in New York in 1709 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Becker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Becker, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]
  • Eliz Becker, aged 48, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1804 [1]
  • I C Becker, aged 24, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1804 [1]
  • Daniel Becker, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1827 [1]
  • Hans Becker, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1834 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Becker Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Wilhelmina Becker, aged 8, who arrived in New York, NY in 1901 [1]

Becker migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Becker Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Ernst Becker, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1753
  • Henrich Becker, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Barbara Becker, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Catherine Becker, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Jacob Becker, age 28, who settled in Canada in 1783
Becker Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Christian Becker, who landed in Canada in 1832
  • Barton Becker, who landed in Canada in 1841
  • Jeremiah Becker, who landed in Canada in 1841
  • Herman Becker, who landed in Manitoba in 1877
  • Jacob Becker, who arrived in Manitoba in 1877
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Becker migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Becker Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Victor Becker, aged 27, a plumber, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of The Age" in 1874
  • Reine Becker, aged 23, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of The Age" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Becker (post 1700)

  • Gary Stanley Becker (b. 1932), American Economist, awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1992, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007
  • Walter Carl Becker (1950-2017), American songwriter, co-founder, guitarist, bassist, and co-songwriter of Steely Dan
  • Arthur William John Becker III (1927-2015), American theatre critic and film distributor, owner of Playbill, a monthly American magazine for theatregoers
  • Bernard Becker (1920-2013), American professor emeritus of ophthalmology at Washington University's School of Medicine
  • Ernest Becker (1924-1974), American cultural anthropologist awarded the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction
  • Rex Louis Becker (b. 1913), American architect
  • George Joseph Becker (b. 1908), American educator
  • John "Joseph" Becker (1886-1961), American composer
  • Rex Becker, American Architect
  • George Ferdinand Becker (1847-1919), American geologist
  • ... (Another 21 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Becker family

Bismarck
  • Wilhelm Becker (1918-1941), German Matrose who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [2]
  • Heinz Becker (1920-1941), German Mechanikersgefreiter A. who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [2]
  • Walter Becker (1921-1941), German Schreibersgefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [2]
  • Ernst Becker (1922-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [2]
  • Eberhard Becker (1923-1941), German Feuerwerksgefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [2]
  • ... (Another 1 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Flight 191
  • C Becker, American passenger from USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash [3]
Flight TWA 800
  • Miss. Michelle Becker (1977-1996), from St. Petersburg, Florida, USA, American student of Georgia State University flying aboard flight TWA 800 from J.F.K. Airport, New York to Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome when the plane crashed after takeoff ; she died in the crash [4]
RMS Titanic
  • Mrs. Nellie E. Becker, (née Baumgardner), aged 35, Indian Second Class passenger from Guntur, India who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 11 [5]
  • Miss Ruth Elizabeth Becker, aged 12, Indian Second Class passenger from Guntur, India who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 13 [5]
  • Miss Marion Louise Becker, aged 4, Indian Second Class passenger from Guntur, India who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 11 [5]
  • Master Richard Frederick Becker, aged 1.5, Indian Second Class passenger from Guntur, India who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 11 [5]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Harvey H. Becker, American Gunner's Mate Second Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [6]
  • Mr. Marvin Otto Becker, American Gunner's Mate Third Class from Kansas, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [6]
  • Mr. Wesley Paulson Becker, American Seaman First Class from Kansas, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [6]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
  3. ^ Flight 191's Victims - latimes. (Retrieved 2014, April 16) . Retrieved from http://articles.latimes.com/1985-08-04/news/mn-4349_1_fort-lauderdale-area
  4. ^ The Washington Post Passenger List TWA Flight 800. (Retrieved 2018, February 15th). Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/twa800/list01.htm
  5. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  6. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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