The name Becche 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 Becche family originally lived by a stream or a brook. The name Becche was originally derived from the German word bach
which means stream.
Early Origins of the Becche family
The surname Becche 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.
Early History of the Becche family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Becche research.Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1489, 1676, 1722, 1757, 1832, 1761 and 1840 are included under the topic Early Becche History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Becche 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 Becche include Beck, Bech, Bech, Beche, Becke, Bec, Becce and many more.
Early Notables of the Becche family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Becche family to the New World and Oceana
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: Abraham Beck, who came to Philadelphia in 1751; Christian Beck, age 40; arrived in Texas in 1846; Jacob Beck settled in Philadelphia in 1738; Johann Beck, age 27.