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Early Origins of the Becks family

The surname Becks was first found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in Amsterdam, an ancient 13th century town held by the Lords of Amstel. Giesebrecht II built a castle there. Geisbrecht III built the dam to keep out the sea. It is first mentioned in charters of 1275 when Floris IV, the count of Holland granted its charter. It became a city of great mercantile wealth. It hold great treasures of art. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into a most influential family.

Early History of the Becks family

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Becks Spelling Variations

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Early Notables of the Becks family

From this era of Dutch history, those of this who distinguished themselves included

  • the Becks family of Amsterdam

United States Becks migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Becks Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J C Becks, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]

Australia Becks migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Becks Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Stephen Becks, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Mr. Thomas Becks, British convict who was convicted in Norfolk, England for life, transported aboard the "Asia" on 29th September 1831, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Becks (post 1700) +

  • Elena M. Becks, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988 [4]

  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. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th January 2020). Retrieved from
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from on Facebook