Beckerman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Beckerman was first used as a hereditary surname in the ancient German province of Westphalia. It identified its original bearer by occupation. Surnames of this type became popular in Germany after the 12th century. Beckerman is a name for a baker, and it is derived from the German word beck. The family name Beckerman is also a cognate of the German name Bach, which either refers to the occupation of baker or to someone who lived by a stream.

Early Origins of the Beckerman family

The surname Beckerman was first found in Westphalia and the duchy of Cleves, where the family contributed to the feudal communities which formed the backbone of Europe society. The family became prominent in local affairs and branched into numerous houses and branches. Many of these houses played important roles in the religious and political conflicts of their regions.

Early History of the Beckerman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beckerman research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1749 and 1782 are included under the topic Early Beckerman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Beckerman 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 Beckerman include Bechmann, Bechman, Becman, Beckmann, Beckman, Bachmann, Bachman, Backmann, Backman, Beckermann, Beckerman, Bechermann and many more.

Early Notables of the Beckerman family (pre 1700)

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Beckerman 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:

Beckerman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Beckerman, aged 40, who arrived in New York in 1858 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Beckerman (post 1700)

  • Sidney Beckerman (1919-2007), American klezmer clarinetist
  • Shloimke "Sam" Beckerman (1883-1974), American klezmer clarinetist
  • Ray Beckerman, American commercial litigation attorney and blogger
  • Marty Beckerman (b. 1983), American alternative journalist, humorist, and author
  • Kyle Beckerman (b. 1982), American professional soccer player
  • Jon Beckerman (b. 1969), American television producer, director, and writer
  • Bernard Beckerman, American Shakespeare scholar and theater director
  • Alyssa Beckerman (b. 1981), American gymnast
  • William Beckerman, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Ohio, 1928 [2]


  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from
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