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Beck is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Beck family 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.

Beck Early Origins



The surname Beck was first found in 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." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Beck Spelling Variations


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Beck Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Beck, Becke, Bech, Beche and others.

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Beck Early History


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Beck Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beck research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1330, 1282, 1347, 1341, 1279, 1343, 1293, 1623, 1706, 1657, and 1929 are included under the topic Early Beck History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Beck Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Beck Early Notables (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 Beck Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Beck In Ireland


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Beck In Ireland



Some of the Beck family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 163 words (12 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



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Beck or a variant listed above:

Beck Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Alexander Beck, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1634
  • Pieter Cornelisse Beck, who landed in New York in 1660
  • Dorothy Beck, who arrived in Maryland in 1678
  • Francis Beck, who landed in Maryland in 1678
  • James Beck, who arrived in Maryland in 1678
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Beck Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Sarah Beck, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Simon Beck, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Andreas Frid Beck, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Thobias Beck, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Adreas Friderich Beck, who landed in New York, NY in 1710
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Beck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johan Andreas Beck, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Margaret Beck, aged 24, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Josuas Beck, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1805
  • John G Beck, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Jacob F Beck, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Beck Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Magdelena Beck, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Maria Beck, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Michel Beck, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Mr. John Beck U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Beck Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Henry Beck of St. Lawrence, Newfoundland, who captured a French banker, in 1814 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Thomas Beck was residing in St. John's Newfoundland in 1821 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • James Beck arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Robert Burns" in 1834

Beck Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Louisa Beck, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1835 with 132 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1835
  • Daniel Beck arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Buckinghamshire 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  • Frederick Beck arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1847
  • J.F. Beck arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847
  • Alfred Beck arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cromwell" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Beck Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Beck arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865
  • James Beck, aged 40, a bootmaker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1873
  • Mary Beck, aged 23, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1873
  • James Beck, aged 3, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1873

Beck Settlers in New Zealand in the 20th Century

  • Geoffrey Beck, aged 27, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926

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Contemporary Notables of the name Beck (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Beck (post 1700)



  • Stuart Jay Beck (1946-2016), American lawyer and a diplomat, Palauan Ambassador to Oceans and Seas (2013-2016)
  • Robert Nason Beck (1928-2008), American scientist and a pioneer in the field of nuclear medicine
  • Claude Schaeffer Beck (1894-1971), American cardiac surgeon who invented the defibrillator
  • Kimberly Beck (b. 1956), American actress, with over sixty television and film roles to her credit
  • Dave Beck (1894-1993), American labor leader, president of the Teamsters (1952-1957)
  • Aaron Temkin Beck (b. 1921), American psychiatrist, professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, known as the father of cognitive therapy
  • Helen Harriet Beck (1904-1979), original name of Sally Rand, the burlesque dancer and actress, most noted for her ostrich feather fan dance and balloon bubble dance
  • Geoffrey Arnold "Jeff" Beck (b. 1944), English rock guitarist ranked 14th in Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time"
  • Hans Beck (1911-1996), Norwegian Olympic ski jumper
  • Franz Ignaz Beck (1734-1809), German violinist, composer, conductor and music teacher
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Beck Historic Events


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Beck Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Hiram  Beck (1892-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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Suggested Readings for the name Beck


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Suggested Readings for the name Beck



  • The Anton and Rosina Koenig Beck Family and Their Descendants 1844-1979 by Lillie Beck Wasserman.
  • The Beck-Reinemer Family Tree by Mrs. Clarence Beck.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1835 with 132 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1835
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm

Other References

  1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  5. 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.
  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Beck Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beck 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.

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