Origins Available: English, German-Alt, German
Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. The name, however, derives from the Old Norse word bekkr, meaning stream. 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
Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Durham. "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
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Bech Spelling Variations
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)
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Migration of the Bech family to Ireland
Some of the Bech family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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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
Bech Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Bech Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Bech (post 1700)
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