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

The Anglo-Saxon name Beckman comes from when the family resided in Cambridgeshire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Beckman include Beckman, Bickman, Bicman, Bickeman, Bikman, Bykman and many more.

First found in Cambridgeshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beckman research. Another 400 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1301, 1500, 1684, 1706, 1758, and 1771 are included under the topic Early Beckman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beckman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Beckman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Michel Beckman who, accompanied by his wife and four children, arrived in New York in 1709
  • Michel Beckman, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • John Ernest Beckman, who arrived in New York in 1797

Beckman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Gustaf Beckman, aged 32, arrived in New York in 1841
  • J F Beckman, aged 23, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • Telle Brinkman Beckman, aged 25, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • John Beckman, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851
  • Henrich Beckman, who landed in Indiana in 1852


Beckman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Anders Emanuel Beckman, who landed in Alabama in 1917

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  • Joanne Beckman, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Dakota, 2008
  • John J. Beckman (b. 1886), American Democrat politician, Member of Oregon State House of Representatives, 1933-35; Chair of Multnomah County Democratic Party, 1934-40
  • Julia Kennedy Beckman, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1996, 2000; Presidential Elector for Illinois, 2012
  • Linda Beckman, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2004
  • Louis E. Beckman (1876-1946), American Republican politician, Mayor of Kankakee, Illinois, 1925; Member of Illinois State House of Representatives 20th District, 1927-29; Member of Illinois State Senate 20th District, 1937-46
  • Louis E. Beckman, American politician, Member of Illinois State House of Representatives, 1951-59
  • Raymond E. Beckman, American politician, Mayor of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, 1945-47
  • Tracy L. Beckman, American Democrat politician, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Candidate for U.S. Representative from Minnesota 1st District, 1998
  • Vincent H. Beckman Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1952 (alternate), 1964
  • Vincent Henry Beckman (b. 1879), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1916, 1924, 1928 (alternate), 1940, 1948, 1956; Presidential Elector for Ohio, 1940

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  • Descendants of Johann Bernard (Barney) Beckmann of Bishop Creek, Effingham County, Illinois by Rich Schumacher.
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  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Beckman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beckman 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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