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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.

Beckmann Early Origins



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.

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Beckmann Spelling Variations


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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.

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Beckmann Early History


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Beckmann Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beckmann research. Another 218 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1749 and 1782 are included under the topic Early Beckmann History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Beckmann Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Beckmann Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beckmann Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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 Atlanti c. 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, 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Beckmann (post 1700)


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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

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    5. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    9. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    10. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    11. ...

    The Beckmann Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beckmann 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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