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Origins Available: Dutch, English, German
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."
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.
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.
More information is included under the topic Early Becker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
Becker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Becker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Becker Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Becker Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Becker Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Becker Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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.
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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