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Beck Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived beside a stream, from northern Middle English bekke ‘stream’ (Old Norse bekkr). English (of Norman origin): habitational name from any of various places in northern France, for example Bec Hellouin in Eure, named with Old Norman French bec ‘stream’, from the same Old Norse root as in 1. English: probably a nickname for someone with a prominent nose, from Middle English beke ‘beak (of a bird)’ (Old French bec). English: metonymic occupational name for a maker, seller, or user of mattocks or pickaxes, from Old English becca. In some cases the name may represent a survival of an Old English byname derived from this word. German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a baker, a cognate of Baker, from (older) South German beck, West Yiddish bek. Some Jewish bearers of the name claim that it is an acronym of Hebrew ben-kedoshim ‘son of martyrs’, i.e. a name taken by one whose parents had been martyred for being Jews. North German: topographic name for someone who lived by a stream, from Low German Beke ‘stream’. Compare the High German form Bach 1. Scandinavian: habitational name for someone from a farmstead named Bekk, Bæk, or Bäck, or a topographic name for someone who lived by a stream.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Heck, Buck, Back, Bick, Peck, Berk, Eck, Rock, Boeck, Reck

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Where is the Beck family from?

You can see how Beck families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Beck family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Beck families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 246 Beck families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 30% of all the recorded Beck's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Beck families in 1840.
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What did your Beck ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Beck. 13% of Beck men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Beck women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Beck were Truck Driver and Housekeeper.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    13%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    7%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 85,000 immigration records available for the last name Beck. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 139,000 military records available for the last name Beck. For the veterans among your Beck ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Beck lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Beck life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Beck in 1940 was 36, and 76 in 2004.

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