Backstrom History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Backstrom family

The surname Backstrom 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.

Early History of the Backstrom family

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Backstrom Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Backstrom family (pre 1700)

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Backstrom Ranking

In the United States, the name Backstrom is the 16,259th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Backstrom migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Backstrom Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Albert Backstrom, who settled in America in 1880
  • Emma Christina Backstrom, who settled in Chicago in 1883

Contemporary Notables of the name Backstrom (post 1700) +

  • Ralph Gerald Backstrom (1937-2021), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey centre who played between 1956 and 1973, winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's rookie of the year in 1959

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Karl Alfred Backström (d. 1912), aged 32, Finnish Third Class passenger from Kotka who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [2]
  • Mrs. Maria Mathilda Backström, (née Gustafsson) Backström, aged 33, Finnish Third Class passenger from Kotka who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking in collapsible D [2]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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