Beek History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. The Beek history starts with such a migration. As the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames refers either directly or indirectly to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, physical appearance, habits, or character, among other attributes. Flemish names of this type frequently feature the prefixes lile, which meant the. The surname Beek is a nickname for a person with a prominent nose. Looking back further, we find the name Beek was originally from the Old English word beke or the Old French word bec, each of which referred to the beak of a bird. Since the 11th century in England was a time of the mingling of may languages it is often difficult to tell which particular linguistic root is appropriate to a name in a given case.

Early Origins of the Beek family

The surname Beek was first found in Dorset and Kent where they held a family seat from early times, and was one of the earliest of all Flemish settlers. The earliest recorded settler was Goisfred de Beche, whose original Flemish name was Van der Beke, and in east Kent the family acquired the estate of Livingsbourne, where they changed the name of the town to Beakesbourn.

Important Dates for the Beek family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beek research. Another 48 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1630, 1707, 1656, 1659, 1689, 1690, 1695, 1698, 1708, 1654 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Beek History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Beek Spelling Variations

Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Beake, Beak, Beaks, Beek, Beke, Beaker, Beakley and others.

Early Notables of the Beek family (pre 1700)

Prominent in the family at this time was Baron Beeke of Eresby in Kent; Richard Beke (1630-1707), of Westminster and Ford, Dinton, Buckinghamshire, an English politician, Member of Parliament for Elgin and Nairn in...
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Migration of the Beek family to Ireland

Some of the Beek family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Beek migration to the United States

Some of the first North American settlers with Beek name or one of its variants:

Beek Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Remmet Jansen VanDer Beek, who landed in New York, NY in 1642 [1]
  • Catharine VanDer Beek, who landed in America in 1661 [1]
Beek Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Beek, aged 35, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748 [1]
  • David Beek, who settled in Baltimore in 1786
Beek Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • W Beek, aged 23, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • Willem Van Beek, who landed in Iowa in 1869 [1]
  • Mrs. William Van Beek, who arrived in Iowa in 1869 [1]
  • Franz Beek, who arrived in New Orleans in 1869
  • Dirkje Van Beek, who arrived in Iowa in 1869 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Beek migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Beek Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Beek, "Beck" U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [2]

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  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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