The bountiful region surrounding the Rhine river is the birthplace of the name Becton. A single name was, at one time, all that people needed. However, increasing ease of travel and the burgeoning populations forced people to adopt a hereditary surname to set themselves apart from others. A common form of surname found in the Rhineland
was the local
name, a name taken on from a place-name. Originally denoting the proprietorship of a village or estate, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Becton was given to someone who lived in the Rhineland
, where the family played an influential role in the development of the region.
Early Origins of the Becton family
The surname Becton was first found in the Rhineland
, where the family became noted for its many branches within the region.
Early History of the Becton family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Becton research.Another 208 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1624, 1725, 1806, 1808, and 1852 are included under the topic Early Becton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Becton 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 Becton include Bechtolsheim, Bectolsheim, Becktolsheim, Becketolsheim, Becktollsheim, Bechtollsheim, Bechtolshaim, Bectolshaim, Becktolshaim, Becketolshaim, Becktollshaim, Bechtollshaim, Bechtelsheim, Bechelsheim, Bechelheim and many more.
Early Notables of the Becton family (pre 1700)
Notables with the name Becton during this period were Baron
Johann Ludwig (1725-1806), Lord of Schornsheim, Mommernheim, and Bechtoldsheim, who was the Privy Councillor to the Duke of Saxony... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Becton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Becton family to the New World and Oceana
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from the Rhineland
who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland
to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland
passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island
, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name Becton, or one of its variants above:
Becton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Byron Becton, who arrived in Ohio in 1860-1875
Becton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- John Becton, who settled in Ontario in 1871
Contemporary Notables of the name Becton (post 1700)
- Nick Becton (b. 1990), American NFL football offensive tackle for the San Diego Chargers
- Julius Wesley Becton Jr. (b. 1926), retired United States Army Lieutenant General
- Maxwell W. Becton (1868-1951), American businessman, co-founder of Becton Dickinson, an American medical technology company in 1897
- Henry P. Becton, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1964 CITATION[CLOSE]
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- Thomas Becton (1878-1957), English professional footballer from Preston
- Frank Becton (1873-1909), English professional footballer