Beck Family History

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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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Beck Ethnicity Estimate

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


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  • Norway


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Beck Family Origin

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Beck Family Occupations

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In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Beck. The most common Beck occupation in the USA was Farmer. 33% of Beck's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Beck family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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Beck Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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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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Beck Life Expectancy

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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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