The German state of Prussia
, which reached the zenith of its power in the late 19th century, is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Beukes. In the medieval era, after the fall of the Roman Empire
, the German lands were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the Barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known as Prussia
was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia
, West Prussia
, and East Prussia
. The colorful history of Brandenburg-Prussia
provides a glimpse at the oldest origins of the Beukes family.
Early Origins of the Beukes family
The surname Beukes was first found in Brandenburg, 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 Beukes family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beukes research.Another 218 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1858, 1591, 1661, 1813, 1837, 1824, 1899, 1817, 1892, 1774, 1853, 1509 and 1564 are included under the topic Early Beukes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Beukes Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Beukes include Buch, Buche, Bucher, Buechner, Bueche, Buck, Beuck and many more.
Early Notables of the Beukes family (pre 1700)
Prominent bearers of the family name Beukes during this time period were August Buchner (1591-1661), who wrote German and Latin poetry; Georg Buechner (1813-1837) was a political revolutionary and dramatist, who died in exile in Switzerland; his brother, Ludwig Buechner (1824-1899), was a controversial scientist and author. Lothar Bucher (1817-1892)... Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beukes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Beukes family to the New World and Oceana
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: Hans Georg Buch, who came to Philadelphia in 1728; as did Georg Michael Buch in 1738; and Johannes Buch in 1747; Hans Bucher arrived in Carolina in 1734-35.
Contemporary Notables of the name Beukes (post 1700)
- Carl Beukes, South African actor and male model
- Jonathan Alan Beukes (b. 1979), South African cricket player
- Lauren Beukes (b. 1976), South African novelist, short story writer and journalist
The Beukes Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Virtute et fidelitate
Motto Translation: By valour and fidelity.