Bek History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Bek family

The surname Bek was first found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in Amsterdam, an ancient 13th century town held by the Lords of Amstel. Giesebrecht II built a castle there. Geisbrecht III built the dam to keep out the sea. It is first mentioned in charters of 1275 when Floris IV, the count of Holland granted its charter. It became a city of great mercantile wealth. It hold great treasures of art. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into a most influential family.

Important Dates for the Bek family

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Bek Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Becks, Beccks, Beckks, Becs, Beks, Beckes, Beckess, Beckks and many more.

Early Notables of the Bek family (pre 1700)

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Bek migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bek Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Bek, who arrived in New York city in 1709
  • Anna Barbel Bek, aged 23, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [1]
  • Anna Katrina Bek, aged 17, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733 [1]
  • Anna Barbel Bek, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Anna Barbel Bek, who arrived in Pennsylvania at age 23 in 1733
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bek Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Matth Bek, who landed in America in 1807 [1]
  • G Bek, aged 20, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847 [1]
  • Magdalene Bek, aged 16, who arrived in New York in 1854 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bek (post 1700)

  • Antony Bek, English prelate

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)
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