Beckermann History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The surname Beckermann 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. Beckermann is a name for a baker, and it is derived from the German word beck. The family name Beckermann 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 Beckermann family
The surname Beckermann 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 Beckermann family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beckermann research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1749 and 1782 are included under the topic Early Beckermann History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Beckermann Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Beckermann include Bechmann, Bechman, Becman, Beckmann, Beckman, Bachmann, Bachman, Backmann, Backman, Beckermann, Beckerman, Bechermann and many more.
Early Notables of the Beckermann family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beckermann family
After 1650, thousands of German settlers came to North America to escape the religious persecution and poverty that wracked Europe and to make the most of the opportunity to own their own land in a new country. They settled across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, and in Canada in Ontario and on the fertile plains of the prairie provinces. Among them: Francis Bechman, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1855. Joseph Bechmann arrived in Philadelpia in 1832; while both Frank Bechman and Frederick Bechmancame to Philadelphia in 1853..
Contemporary Notables of the name Beckermann (post 1700) +
- A. Beckermann, American politician, Delegate to Socialist National Convention from New York, 1920 
- Christoph Beckermann (b. 1960), German mechanical engineer, Professor at the University of Iowa
- Ansgar Beckermann (b. 1945), German analystic philosopher, Professor at the University of Bielefeld
- Ruth Beckermann (b. 1952), Austrian film producer
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