The surname Beckerman was first used as a hereditary surname in the ancient German province of Westphalia
. It identified its original bearer by occupation
. Surnames of this type became popular in Germany
after the 12th century. Beckerman is a name for a baker, and it is derived from the German word beck. The family name Beckerman is also a cognate of the German name Bach, which either refers to the occupation
of baker or to someone who lived by a stream.
Early Origins of the Beckerman family
The surname Beckerman was first found in Westphalia
and the duchy of Cleves, where the family contributed to the feudal
communities which formed the backbone of Europe society. The family became prominent in local
affairs and branched into numerous houses and branches. Many of these houses played important roles in the religious and political conflicts of their regions.
Early History of the Beckerman family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beckerman research.Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1749 and 1782 are included under the topic Early Beckerman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Beckerman Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia
. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations
of Beckerman include Bechmann, Bechman, Becman, Beckmann, Beckman, Bachmann, Bachman, Backmann, Backman, Beckermann, Beckerman, Bechermann and many more.
Early Notables of the Beckerman family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beckerman family to the New World and Oceana
After 1650, thousands of German settlers came to North America to escape the religious persecution and poverty that wracked Europe and to make the most of the opportunity to own their own land in a new country. They settled across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, and in Canada in Ontario and on the fertile plains of the prairie provinces. Among them:
Beckerman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Beckerman, aged 40, who arrived in New York in 1858 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Beckerman (post 1700)
- Sidney Beckerman (1919-2007), American klezmer clarinetist
- Shloimke "Sam" Beckerman (1883-1974), American klezmer clarinetist
- Ray Beckerman, American commercial litigation attorney and blogger
- Marty Beckerman (b. 1983), American alternative journalist, humorist, and author
- Kyle Beckerman (b. 1982), American professional soccer player
- Jon Beckerman (b. 1969), American television producer, director, and writer
- Bernard Beckerman, American Shakespeare scholar and theater director
- Alyssa Beckerman (b. 1981), American gymnast
- William Beckerman, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Ohio, 1928 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- ^ 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)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html