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The name Becker is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in Yorkshire. The name is of German origin, however, and is a local name which means "the dweller beside the brook."

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The surname Becker 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.

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Becker are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Becker include: Becker, Becher and others.


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

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

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Some of the Becker 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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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Becker or a variant listed above:

Becker Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jochem Becker, aged 38, landed in New York in 1654
  • Jan Jurrianse Becker, who landed in New York in 1663

Becker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Harts Henrig Becker, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Friederich Becker, who arrived in New Jersey in 1709
  • Albert Becker, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Anna Cath Becker, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Gerhard Becker, who landed in America in 1709
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Becker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Becker, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Eliz Becker, aged 48, landed in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • I C Becker, aged 24, landed in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Daniel Becker, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1827
  • Hans Becker, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1834
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Becker Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Wilhelmina Becker, aged 8, arrived in New York, NY in 1901

Becker Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Ernst Becker, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1753
  • Henrich Becker, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Barbara Becker, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Catherine Becker, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Jacob Becker, age 28, came to Canada in 1783

Becker Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Christian Becker, who landed in Canada in 1832
  • Barton Becker, who landed in Canada in 1841
  • Jeremiah Becker, who landed in Canada in 1841
  • Herman Becker, who landed in Manitoba in 1877
  • Jacob Becker, who arrived in Manitoba in 1877
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Becker Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Victor Becker, aged 27, a plumber, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of The Age" in 1874
  • Reine Becker, aged 23, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of The Age" in 1874
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  • Arthur William John Becker III (1927-2015), American theatre critic and film distributor, owner of Playbill, a monthly American magazine for theatregoers
  • Bernard Becker (1920-2013), American professor emeritus of ophthalmology at Washington University's School of Medicine
  • Ernest Becker (1924-1974), American cultural anthropologist awarded the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction
  • Rex Louis Becker (b. 1913), American architect
  • George Joseph Becker (b. 1908), American educator
  • John "Joseph" Becker (1886-1961), American composer
  • Gary Stanley Becker (b. 1932), American Economist, awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1992
  • Walter Becker (b. 1950), American songwriter, rock musician and producer
  • Rex Becker, American Architect
  • George Ferdinand Becker (1847-1919), American geologist
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Becker Historic Events



Flight 191

  • C Becker, American passenger from USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979

RMS Titanic

  • Mrs. Nellie E. Becker, (née Baumgardner), aged 35, Indian Second Class passenger from Guntur, India who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 11
  • Miss Ruth Elizabeth Becker, aged 12, Indian Second Class passenger from Guntur, India who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 13
  • Miss Marion Louise Becker, aged 4, Indian Second Class passenger from Guntur, India who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 11
  • Master Richard Frederick Becker, aged 1.5, Indian Second Class passenger from Guntur, India who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 11
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  • Becker Story by Dorothy Elaine Hackman Grace.
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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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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Becker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Becker 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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