Stecker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Stecker 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. Stecker was derived from the popular medieval Germanic personal name Stecho. The name Stecker 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.
Early Origins of the Stecker family
The surname Stecker 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.
Early History of the Stecker family
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Stecker 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 Stecker include Steck, Stech, Stechel, Stecher, Steckler, Steckel, Steckell, Steckle, Steckler, Stecker, Stecklen, Stek and many more.
Early Notables of the Stecker family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Stecker is the 12,511st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Stecker migration to the United States +
After 1650, thousands of German settlers came to North America to escape the religious persecution and poverty that wracked Europe and to make the most of the opportunity to own their own land in a new country. They settled across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, and in Canada in Ontario and on the fertile plains of the prairie provinces. Among them:
Stecker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Dewalt Stecker, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 
- Johan Albert Stecker, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749 
- Henry Stecker, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754 
- Christian Stecker, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1773
- Christian Stecker, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1773 
Stecker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Herm Stecker, who arrived in America in 1837 
- Franz Stecker, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1849 
- Johan Stecker, aged 28, who landed in New York, NY in 1851 
- Louis Stecker, who landed in Arkansas in 1894 
Stecker Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Adolf Stecker, aged 54, who landed in America from Herrenhut, Germany, in 1911
- Anna Stecker, aged 22, who immigrated to America from Backnang, Germany, in 1911
- Anna Stecker, aged 20, who landed in America from Herrenhut, Germany, in 1911
- Bernhard Stecker, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States from Berlin, Germany, in 1914
- Carl Stecker, aged 41, who settled in America from Esslingen, Germany, in 1920
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Contemporary Notables of the name Stecker (post 1700) +
- Aaron Stecker (b. 1975), American NFL football player
- H. Marshall Stecker, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1956
- Franz Stecker, Austrian bronze medalist luger at the 1929 European championships
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- ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
- ^ 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)