Baecke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Baecke comes from the German region of Westphalia. The tradition of adopting hereditary surnames came to Germany after the 12th century, and the names of places where people lived were a primary source. Many local names carry the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from". It originally indicated land ownership, and is sometimes a mark of nobility. The Baecke family originally lived by a stream or a brook. The name Baecke was originally derived from the German word bach which means stream.

Early Origins of the Baecke family

The surname Baecke was first found in Westphalia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as that of a notable family in the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

Important Dates for the Baecke family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Baecke research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1489, 1676, 1722, 1757, 1832, 1761 and 1840 are included under the topic Early Baecke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Baecke Spelling Variations

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Baecke include Beck, Bech, Bech, Beche, Becke, Bec, Becce and many more.

Early Notables of the Baecke family (pre 1700)

Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Baecke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Baecke migration to the United States

For many Germans, emigration to North America was an inviting alternative to the trials of life in the old country. From the mid-17th into the present century, thousands of Germans migrated across the Atlantic. They capitalized on the chance to escape poverty and persecution, and to own their own land. After 1650, Germans settled throughout the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also landed in Canada, settling in Ontario or father west on the rich land of the prairies. Among them:

Baecke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Baecke, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1875 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Baecke (post 1700)

  • Marc Baecke (1956-2017), Belgian footballer, member of the Belgium National Team (1977-1984)

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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