Where did the English beck family come from? What is the English coat of arms/family crest? When did the beck family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Beck, Becke, Bech, Beche and others.
First found in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, where they had been granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name beck or a variant listed above: Alexander Beck who settled in Boston Mass. in 1634; who had sailed from England in the "Blessing." In Newfoundland, Thomas settled in St. John's in 1821.
Suggested Readings for the name beck
* The Anton and Rosina Koenig Beck Family and Their Descendants 1844-1979 by Lillie Beck Wasserman.
* The Beck-Reinemer Family Tree by Mrs. Clarence Beck.
Some noteworthy people of the name beck
* Aaron Temkin Beck (b. 1921), American psychiatrist, professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, known as the father of cognitive therapy.
* Dave Beck (1894-1993), American labor leader, president of the Teamsters (1952-1957)
* Kimberly Beck (b. 1956), American actress.
* George Andrew Beck (1904-1978), English Roman Catholic Archbishop of Liverpool (1964-1976)
* Jeff Beck (b. 1944), English electric guitarist
* Adam Beck (1857-1925), industrialist and German-Canadian government official, who was knighted by King George V in 1914 for distinguished service
* Sir Adam Beck (1857-1925), Canadian politician and hydro-electricity advocate, who made Ontario one of the first places in the world to benefit from hydro-electric power
* Christian Daniel Beck (1757-1832), German philologist, historian, theologian and antiquarian
* Ludwig Beck (1880-1944), German General, Chief of Staff of the German armed forces (1935–38), who commited suicide following his role in the unsuccessful attempt on Hitler's life
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