Abecker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Abecker is an ancient name dating from the times of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was a person with a prominent nose. The Old English word beke refers to the beak of a bird. More rarely, Abecker may be a local type surname, referring to someone who lived beside a stream.
The surname in this case is derived from the Northern Old English word bekke, which means stream and is derived from the Old Norse word bekkr. Also, Abecker may be a local surname referring to settlements called Beckett in Berkshire and Devon.
The Berkshire settlement takes its name from the Old English words beo, which means bee, and cot, which means cottage or shelter. The name of the Devon settlement has the Old English personal name Bicca, which is probably derived from becca, which means pickaxe or mattock, as its first element.
Early Origins of the Abecker family
The surname Abecker was first found in Norfolk and Cheshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Abecker family
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Abecker Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Abecker include Becket, Beckett, Beckete, Beckette and others.
Early Notables of the Abecker family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Isaac Beckett (1653-1719), an English mezzotint engraver from Kent; one of the first practitioners of the art in England.
William Becket (1684-1738), the English surgeon...
Migration of the Abecker family to Ireland
Some of the Abecker family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Migration of the Abecker family
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Abecker were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: John Becket who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1683; was a shipwright and had a large family. Mary Becket settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1623.