Steckman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The surname Steckman emerged in the German province of Westphalia, nestled between the Rhine and Wesser rivers. Hereditary surnames that were derived from nicknames were particularly common in this region. Nickname surnames came from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. Steckman is a name for a person who was extremely unyielding. The name Steckman is derived from the German word "stoc," which meant "stubborn." The name was also of local origin and it referred to a person who resided near an unusual tree. In this instance, the name is also derived from the word "stoc," which also referred to the stem or trunk of a tree.
Early Origins of the Steckman family
The surname Steckman was first found in Westphalia and northern Germany, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of this large region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. Chronicles first mention Hans op den Stocken of Halver in 1599, and the variation Stoecken is found frequently in Hanover.
Early History of the Steckman family
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Steckman 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 Steckman include Stockmann, Stockman, Stoeckmann, Stockmayer, Stockmeyer, Stockmair, Stockmar and many more.
Early Notables of the Steckman family (pre 1700)
Notables of the period with the name Steckman were Paul or Paulus Stockmann (1603-1636), a German academic, preacher and hymn-writer, he was court preacher to Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, before dying of the plague in 1636; Johann Heinrich Stockmann, a major in the Austrian army, who was ennobled in 1761 for his outstanding service...
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Migration of the Steckman family
Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North America. 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: Johannes Peter Stockmann, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1766. He was followed by Johan Philp Stockmann in 1749; and then Gerhard Stockmann in 1847. One bearer of the variation Stockmohr came to America in 1781..
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