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Bek is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Bek family lived in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. The name, however, derives from the Old Norse word bekkr, meaning stream. The term beck which refers to a running stream is quite common in the north of England. The names of several towns in northern France were based on variants of this word.

Bek Early Origins



The surname Bek was first found in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Durham. "The palace [of Bishop Auckland, Durham], originally erected in the reign of Edward I. by Bishop Anthony Beck, and subsequently enlarged, was much injured by Sir Arthur Haslerigg, to whom it was sold by the Parliamentary Commissioners. The chapel attached to the palace is a fine edifice in the early and decorated styles, built originally by Bishop Beck, and repaired about 1660 by Bishop Cosin." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Bek Spelling Variations


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Bek Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Beck, Becke, Bech, Beche and others.

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Bek Early History


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Bek Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bek research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1330, 1282, 1347, 1341, 1279, 1343, 1293, 1623, 1706, 1657, and 1929 are included under the topic Early Bek History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bek Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bek Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Bek (1282-1347), Bishop of Lincoln from 1341 until his death; Antony Bek (1279-1343), Bishop of Norwich as well as being elected Bishop of Lincoln; Thomas...

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bek Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bek In Ireland


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Bek In Ireland



Some of the Bek family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Bek or a variant listed above:

Bek Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johannes Bek, who arrived in New York city in 1709
  • Anna Barbel Bek, aged 23, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Anna Katrina Bek, aged 17, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Anna Barbel Bek, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Anna Barbel Bek, who arrived in Pennsylvania at age 23 in 1733
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bek Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Matth Bek, who landed in America in 1807
  • G Bek, aged 20, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • Magdalene Bek, aged 16, arrived in New York in 1854

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bek (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bek (post 1700)



  • Antony Bek, English prelate

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Bek Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  11. ...

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

This page was last modified on 14 March 2016 at 10:51.

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