Beck History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Nestled between the Rhine and Wesser rivers is the ancient German region of Westphalia. Westphalia, the home of the name Beck. Hereditary surnames were adopted in this region after the 12th century, and surnames were derived from localities were common. Local surnames originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. When coupled with the German preposition von, which means from or of, local names can indicate that the initial bearer of the name was an aristocrat. The Beck family originally lived by a stream or a brook. The name Beck was originally derived from the German word bach which means stream.

Early Origins of the Beck family

The surname Beck was first found in Westphalia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as that of a notable family in the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

Important Dates for the Beck family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beck research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1489, 1676, 1722, 1757, 1832, 1761 and 1840 are included under the topic Early Beck History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Beck Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Beck include Beck, Bech, Bech, Beche, Becke, Bec, Becce and many more.

Early Notables of the Beck family (pre 1700)

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Beck migration to the United States

Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North America. This great migration began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century. Resettlement was particularly attractive to those from Westphalia as a means of escape from poverty and religious persecution. For many Westphalian farmers, the chance to own one's own land was also a major incentive. The process of the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlements centered around Ontario and the Prairie provinces. Among them were:

Beck Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Alexander Beck, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1634 [1]
  • Pieter Cornelisse Beck, who landed in New York in 1660 [1]
  • Dorothy Beck, who arrived in Maryland in 1678 [1]
  • Francis Beck, who landed in Maryland in 1678 [1]
  • James Beck, who arrived in Maryland in 1678 [1]
  • ... (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 [1]
  • Simon Beck, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Andreas Frid Beck, who arrived in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Thobias Beck, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Adreas Friderich Beck, who landed in New York, NY in 1710 [1]
  • ... (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 [1]
  • Margaret Beck, aged 24, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804 [1]
  • Josuas Beck, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]
  • John G Beck, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806 [1]
  • Jacob F Beck, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Beck migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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]
Beck Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Henry Beck of St. Lawrence, Newfoundland, who captured a French banker, in 1814 [3]
  • Thomas Beck was residing in St. John's Newfoundland in 1821 [3]
  • James Beck, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Robert Burns" in 1834
  • Miss. Margaret Beck, aged who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "New Zealand" departing 20th May 1847 from Newry, Ireland; the ship arrived on 3rd July 1847 but she died on board [4]

Beck migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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 [5]
  • Daniel Beck, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [6]
  • Frederick Beck, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1847 [7]
  • J.F. Beck, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847 [8]
  • Alfred Beck, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cromwell" in 1849 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Beck migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Beck Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Benjamin Beck, Cornish settler travelling from Launceston, UK aboard the ship "Brazil Packet" arriving in New Zealand in 1836 [10]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Beck, Cornish settler travelling from Launceston, UK aboard the ship "Brazil Packet" arriving in New Zealand in 1836 [10]
  • Mr. Henry Beck, Cornish settler travelling from Launceston, UK aboard the ship "Brazil Packet" arriving in New Zealand in 1836 [10]
  • Mr. John Beck, Cornish settler travelling from Launceston, UK aboard the ship "Brazil Packet" arriving in New Zealand in 1836 [10]
  • Mrs. Mary Beck, Cornish settler travelling from Launceston, UK aboard the ship "Brazil Packet" arriving in New Zealand in 1836 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Beck Settlers in New Zealand in the 20th Century
  • Geoffrey Beck, aged 27, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926

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), birth name of Sally Rand, the burlesque dancer and actress, most noted for her ostrich feather fan dance and balloon bubble dance
  • Franz Ignaz Beck (1734-1809), German violinist, composer, conductor and music teacher
  • Ludwig Beck (1880-1944), German General, Chief of Staff of the German armed forces (1935-38), who committed suicide following his role in the unsuccessful attempt on Hitler's life
  • Christian Daniel Beck (1757-1832), German philologist, historian, theologian and antiquarian
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Beck family

Bismarck
  • Johann Beck (1912-1941), German M.A.Maat who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [11]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Hiram  Beck (1892-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [12]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. George Richard Beck, American Seaman First Class from California, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [13]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  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. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 65)
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAVID MALCOLM 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847DavidMalcolm.htm
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABOUKIR 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Aboukir.htm
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CROMWELL 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Cromwell.htm
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
  12. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  13. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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