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Becher is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in Yorkshire. The name is of German origin, however, and is a local name which means "the dweller beside the brook."

Becher Early Origins



The surname Becher was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times well before the Norman Conquest when Duke William invaded England in 1066 A.D.

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Becher Spelling Variations


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Becher Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Becher family name include Becker, Becher and others.

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Becher Early History


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Becher Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Becher research. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1379 is included under the topic Early Becher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Becher Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Becher Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Becher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Becher In Ireland


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Becher In Ireland



Some of the Becher family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Becher surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Becher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Martin Becher, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Jacob Becher, his wife Anna and five children settled in Carolina in 1738
  • Jacob Becher, who arrived in America in 1738
  • Hans Becher, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Johann Andreas Becher, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Becher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Maria Becher, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1801
  • Johan Becher, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1801
  • Friedrich Becher, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1801
  • Albert Becher, who landed in Valdivia, Chile in 1850
  • Bernard Becher, who landed in New York in 1852
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Becher (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Becher (post 1700)



  • Henry V. Becher, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Bronx County 6th District, 1918, 1919, 1920
  • D. A. Becher, American politician, Mayor of Columbus, Nebraska, 1932
  • Susanne Becher, German former competitive figure skater, three-time World Junior silver medalist
  • Martin William Becher (1797-1864), British soldier and steeplechase jockey, eponym of the infamous Becher's Brook obstacle at Aintree Racecourse
  • Rear Admiral Otto Humphrey Becher CBE, DSO, DSC & Bar (1908-1977), Australian senior officer in the Royal Australian Navy, Flag Officer Commanding Australian Fleet from 1964 to 1965
  • Alfred Julius Becher (1803-1848), German composer and critic
  • Ulrich Becher (1910-1990), German author and playwright
  • Johannes Robert Becher (1891-1958), German politician and poet
  • Johann Joachim Becher (1635-1682), German chemist
  • Rabbi Mordechai Becher, Australian author and lecturer

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Bis vivit qui bene
Motto Translation: He lives twice who lives well.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Becher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Becher Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 11 April 2016 at 07:41.

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