The surname Bechman was first used as a hereditary surname in the ancient German province of Westphalia
. It identified its original bearer by occupation
. Surnames of this type became popular in Germany
after the 12th century. Bechman is a name for a baker, and it is derived from the German word beck. The family name Bechman is also a cognate of the German name Bach, which either refers to the occupation
of baker or to someone who lived by a stream.
Early Origins of the Bechman family
The surname Bechman was first found in Westphalia
and the duchy of Cleves, where the family contributed to the feudal
communities which formed the backbone of Europe society. The family became prominent in local
affairs and branched into numerous houses and branches. Many of these houses played important roles in the religious and political conflicts of their regions.
Early History of the Bechman family
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Bechman Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia
. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations
of Bechman include Bechmann, Bechman, Becman, Beckmann, Beckman, Bachmann, Bachman, Backmann, Backman, Beckermann, Beckerman, Bechermann and many more.
Early Notables of the Bechman family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bechman family to the New World and Oceana
After 1650, thousands of German settlers came to North America to escape the religious persecution and poverty that wracked Europe and to make the most of the opportunity to own their own land in a new country. They settled across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, and in Canada in Ontario and on the fertile plains of the prairie provinces. Among them:
Bechman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Frederick Bechman, who settled in Philadelphia in 1853
- Frank Bechman, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1853
- Francis Bechman, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1855
Contemporary Notables of the name Bechman (post 1700)
- Stuart A. Bechman, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 24th District, 2004 CITATION[CLOSE]
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