Beker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Beker family
The surname Beker was first found in Prussia, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs.
Early History of the Beker family
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Beker Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Beker include Becker, Becquer, Becher, Beccher, Beckker, Bekker and many more.
Early Notables of the Beker family (pre 1700)
Notable figures of the time with the name Beker were Dietrich Becker (ca. 1623-1679), a German Baroque violinist and composer; and Johann Joachim Becher (1635-1682), a German physician, alchemist, precursor of chemistry, scholar and adventurer.
Alfred Julius Becher, born of German parents at Manchester, 1803; educated at Heidelberg, Göttingen, and Berlin. His life was one of perpetual movement and adventure. Before he was 40 he had lived in Elberfeld, Cologne, Düsseldorf, the Hague, and...
Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North America. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:
Beker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Beker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century