The history of the Bech family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Yorkshire
. The name, however, derives from the Old Norse word bekkr,
The term beck
which refers to a running stream
is quite common in the north of England
. The names of several towns in northern France were based on variants of this word.
Early Origins of the Bech family
The surname Bech was first found in Yorkshire
. "The palace [of Bishop Auckland, Durham], originally erected in the reign of Edward I
. by Bishop Anthony Beck, and subsequently enlarged, was much injured by Sir Arthur Haslerigg, to whom it was sold by the Parliamentary Commissioners. The chapel attached to the palace is a fine edifice in the early and decorated styles, built originally by Bishop Beck, and repaired about 1660 by Bishop Cosin." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Bech family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bech research.Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1330, 1282, 1347, 1341, 1279, 1343, 1293, 1623, 1706, 1657, and 1929 are included under the topic Early Bech History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bech Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Beck, Becke, Bech, Beche and others.
Early Notables of the Bech family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Bek (1282-1347), Bishop of Lincoln from 1341 until his death; Antony Bek (1279-1343), Bishop of Norwich as well as being elected Bishop of Lincoln; Thomas... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bech Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bech family to Ireland
Some of the Bech family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 88 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bech family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Bech or a variant listed above were:
Bech Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Joh Nickel Bech, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Bech Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Adelgunde Bech, aged 40, who settled in America, in 1892
- Anthon Bech, aged 39, who landed in America, in 1892
- Carl A.R. Bech, aged 48, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896
Bech Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Ernestina Bech, aged 16, who settled in America from Katyna, Austria, in 1907
- Elsbeta Bech, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Erlebrunn, Germany, in 1910
- Conrad Wm. Bech, aged 42, who settled in America from Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1911
- Charles Bech, aged 45, who landed in America, in 1913
- Anine Kristine Bech, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Ersler, Denmark, in 1913
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Contemporary Notables of the name Bech (post 1700)
- Joseph Bech (1887-1975), Luxembourg politician, 15th Prime Minister of Luxembourg
- Uffe Manich Bech (b. 1993), Danish footballer
- Poul Erik Bech (b. 1938), former Danish football manager
- Poul Anker Bech (1942-2009), Danish painter
- Jerome Bech (b. 1970), Dutch artist
- Lili Bech (1883-1939), Danish silent film actress who appeared in 27 films
- Troels Bech (b. 1966), Danish football manager and a former player
- Jesper Bech (b. 1982), Danish professional footballer
- Pia Bech Mathiesen (1962-2016), Danish designer and entrepreneur
- Holger Bech Nielsen (b. 1941), Danish theoretical physicist, professor at the University of Copenhagen
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ 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)