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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.

Stecker Early Origins



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.

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Stecker Spelling Variations


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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.

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Stecker Early History


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Stecker Early History



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

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Stecker Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Stecker Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 came to 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, 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 emigrated 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 emigrated to the United States from Berlin, Germany, in 1914
  • Carl Stecker, aged 41, who settled in America from Esslingen, Germany, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Stecker (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Stecker (post 1700)



  • Aaron Stecker (b. 1975), American NFL football player
  • Franz Stecker, Austrian bronze medalist luger at the 1929 European championships

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    2. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    8. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    9. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    10. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
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    The Stecker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stecker 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 29 May 2014 at 07:36.

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