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The name Steck was first used by the people of the German province of Westphalia, which lay in the area between the Rhine and Wesser rivers. It is a patronymic name, derived from the given name of the father of the original bearer. Along with metronymic names, which come from the name of the mother of the bearer, patronymics were one of the most popular early German name types. Steck was derived from the popular medieval Germanic personal name Stecho. The name Steck is also of local origin that is derived from the Old Germanic word "steck," which referred to a parcel of land. The steck was a tract of pasture land.

Steck Early Origins



The surname Steck was first found in Westphalia and the lower Rhine region, where the name Steck came from aristocratic beginnings and gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, holding the title of counts in Dortmund, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

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Steck Spelling Variations


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Steck 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 Steck include Steck, Stech, Stechel, Stecher, Steckler, Steckel, Steckell, Steckle, Steckler, Stecker, Stecklen, Stek and many more.

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Steck Early History


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Steck Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Steck research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1702 and 1776 are included under the topic Early Steck History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Steck Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Steck Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Steck Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North Ameri ca. This great migration began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century. Resettlement was particularly attractive to those from Westphalia as a means of escape from poverty and religious persecution. For many Westphalian farmers, the chance to own one's own land was also a major incentive. The process of the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlements centered around Ontario and the Prairie provinces. Among them:

Steck Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mathias Steck, aged 37, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Johann Georg, Steck Jr., who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754
  • Friedrich Steck and his four children arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754
  • Friedrich Steck, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754

Steck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Natalie Steck, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Josefine Steck, aged 26, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • Gottlieb Steck, who arrived in America in 1854
  • Heinrich Julius Steck, who landed in America in 1854
  • Edward Steck settled in Texas in 1861

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Contemporary Notables of the name Steck (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Steck (post 1700)



  • Daniel Frederic Steck (1881-1950), American politician, United States Senator from Iowa (1926-1931)
  • Ueli Steck (b. 1976), Swiss rock climber and mountaineer
  • Paul Albert Steck (d. 1924), French painter
  • Bruno Steck (b. 1957), former French football player and manager

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    2. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    3. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. 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. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    9. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Steck Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Steck 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 20 January 2014 at 08:54.

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