Beckmann History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The surname Beckmann 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. Beckmann is a name for a baker, and it is derived from the German word beck. The family name Beckmann 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 Beckmann family
The surname Beckmann 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 Beckmann family
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Beckmann Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Beckmann include Bechmann, Bechman, Becman, Beckmann, Beckman, Bachmann, Bachman, Backmann, Backman, Beckermann, Beckerman, Bechermann and many more.
Early Notables of the Beckmann family (pre 1700)
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Beckmann migration to the United States +
For many Germans, emigration to North America was an inviting alternative to the trials of life in the old country. From the mid-17th into the present century, thousands of Germans migrated across the Atlantic. They capitalized on the chance to escape poverty and persecution, and to own their own land. After 1650, Germans settled throughout the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also landed in Canada, settling in Ontario or father west on the rich land of the prairies. Among them:
Beckmann Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Martin Henrichsen Beckmann, who arrived in New York, NY in 1638 
- Wilhelm Beckmann, aged 24, who arrived in New York, NY in 1647 
- Kornelius Beckmann, who landed in America in 1665 
Beckmann Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Hieronym Beckmann who arrived in Long Island in 1780
Beckmann Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Franz Georg Beckmann, who arrived in America in 1813 
- Joh Gerh Beckmann, who arrived in America in 1831 
- Heinr Beckmann, who landed in North America in 1832 
- Franz Heinr Beckmann, who arrived in America in 1833 
- Joh Heinr Beckmann, who landed in America in 1836 
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Contemporary Notables of the name Beckmann (post 1700) +
- William Beckmann, American Olympic silver medalist for wrestling at the 1904 games
- Albert Jules Beckmann (b. 1917), American physician
- George Claus Beckmann Jr. (b. 1922), American hospital administrator
- Johann Beckmann (1739-1811), German scientific author, who coined the term "technology"
- Max Beckmann (1884-1950), German painter
- Ernst Otto Beckmann (1853-1923), German organic chemist
- Karl Beckmann, German fighter pilot and flying ace in the Luftwaffe, during World War II, credited with 27 aerial victories
- Ernesto Beckmann Geisel (1907-1996), President of Brazil from 1974-79
Historic Events for the Beckmann family +
- Herbert Beckmann (1921-1941), German Feuerwerksgefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking 
- Hans Beckmann (1919-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking 
Related Stories +
- ^ 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)
- ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details