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Where did the English Becker family come from? What is the English Becker family crest and coat of arms? When did the Becker family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Becker family history?

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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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.

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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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.

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

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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.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. 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


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


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
  • Catherine Becker, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Barbara 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


  • Barton Becker, who landed in Canada in 1841
  • Jeremiah Becker, who landed in Canada in 1841
  • Herman Becker, who landed in Manitoba in 1877
  • Peter Becker arrived in Quebec in 1893

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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  • Walter Becker (b. 1950), American songwriter, rock musician and producer
  • Gary Stanley Becker (b. 1932), American Economist, awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1992
  • John "Joseph" Becker (1886-1961), American composer
  • George Joseph Becker (b. 1908), American educator
  • Rex Louis Becker (b. 1913), American architect
  • Carl Lotus Becker (1873-1945), American historian
  • George Ferdinand Becker (1847-1919), American geologist
  • Rex Becker, American Architect
  • Ernest Becker (1924-1974), American cultural anthropologist awarded the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction
  • Bernard Becker (1920-2013), American professor emeritus of ophthalmology at Washington University's School of Medicine

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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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  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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  7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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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.

This page was last modified on 12 February 2015 at 10:35.

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