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The colorful history of Germany provides a glimpse at the oldest origins of the Becktel family. The name Becktel, which is a local surname, reveals that the original bearer of the name once lived, held land, or was born in this beautiful region. In the Holy Roman Empire, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and after the 12th century, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. When coupled with the German preposition von, which means from or of, local names can indicate that the bearer of the name was an aristocrat. However, in modern times, the von is frequently dropped from the surname.

Becktel Early Origins



The surname Becktel was first found in Schwarzburg-Sondershausen, where the name Buchthal was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society of early European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

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Becktel Early History


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Becktel Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Becktel research. Another 152 words (11 lines of text) covering the year 1835 is included under the topic Early Becktel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Becktel Spelling Variations


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Becktel 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 Becktel include Buchthal, Buchthall, Buchthale, Buchtel, Buchtell, Buchtele, Buchthalle, Buchtal, Buchtall, Buchtalle, Buckthal, Buckthale, Buckthall, Buckthalle, Bukkthal, Bukkthale, Bukkthall, Bukkthalle, Beuchthal, Beuchthale, Beuchthall, Beuchthalle, Beuckthal, Beuckthale, Beuckthall, Beuckthalle, Beukkthal, Beukkthale, Beukkthall, Beukkthalle, Buechthal, Buechthall, Buechthale, Buechtel, Buechtell, Buechtele, Bochtel, Buckthal, Buchtel, Becktell, Bechtel, Bechtele, Bechtell and many more.

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Becktel Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Becktel Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Becktel arrived in North America very early:

Becktel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Burkhard Becktel who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1764
  • Burkhard Becktel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1764 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Becktel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Saphira Becktel, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1833 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Saphira Becktel who was recorded at Allegheny County in 1833

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