Origins of Name:
The surname of Beck has many possible origins, and each of these possible origins are all equally likely and plausible origins for the surname. The first possible origin for the surname of Beck is that it might be a Northern topographical surname for someone who art one time lived beside a stream or a brook. This possible origin of the surname derives from the Middle English word “bekke” which can be translated to mean “stream” and originally comes from the Old Norse word “bekkr.” The second possible origin of the surname of Beck is from the Norman, which means French, locational origin. There are multiple places in Northern France that are named after the Old Norman French word “bec” which also can be translated to mean “stream.” Examples of this include Bec Hellouin in the province of Eure. The third possible origin for the surname of Beck is from the medieval English nickname of someone who had a large or prominent nose. This possible origin of the surname comes fro the Middle English “beke” which can be translated to mean the beak of a bird, which comes from the Old French word “bec.” The final possible origin of the surname of Beck comes from the Old English Pre 7th Century “becca” which can be translated to mean “matlock.” This origin of the surname can be traced to mean a metonymic occupational name for a maker, seller, or user of a matlock or a pickaxe.
More common variations are: Becke, Bech, Becke, Beack, Becky, Beeck, Beuck, Beckh, Baeck, Boeck, Bieck, Beick
The first spelling of the surname of Beck was found in the country of England in the year 1086. One Walter Bec was recorded in the Doomsday Book of Buckinghamshire. The Doomsday Book was said to encompass the “Great Survey” of England, and was ordered and decreed under the reign of King William I, who was known as and commonly referred to throughout history as “The Conqueror” and ruled from the year 1066 to the year 1087. Those who reside in the country of England, and bear the surname of Beck can be found in the counties of Lancashire, Yorkshire, and the city of London.
The Beck’s in Ireland date all the way back to the early 1600s when they settled in Armagh county. By the 19th century a few of their descendants had emigrated to the United States and Canada.
Henry Beck was noted to marry Dinah Gilbert in 1834 in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland.
United States of America:
During the early 1600’s, it became common for settlers from Europe, specifically England, to move from their home country in search of a new life. These people were often seeking freedom from religious persecution, as well as a better life, with better living conditions. These people sought out this new life in the United States of America, which at that time was called the New World or the Colonies. The first person to make it to the United States to start their new life with this surname was one Alexander Beck who landed in the state of Massachusetts, specifically in the city of Boston in the year 1634. Almost thirty years later, in the year 1660, Pieter Cornelisse Beck landed in the state of New York. Those who bore the surname of Beck were found all throughout the United States of America. The states that have a higher concentration of Becks are New York, Pennsylvania and the state of Ohio.
United States 111,272; Germany 70,876; Brazil 16,377; England 10,153; India 9,317; France 8,082; Canada 6,878; South Africa 5,680; South Korea 5,355; Australia 4,677
Stuart Jay Beck (1946-2016) who was a lawyer and diplomat, and was the Palauan Ambassador to the Oceans and the Seas from the year 2013 to the year 2016, and was from America. Robert Nason Beck (1928-2008) scientist and a pioneer in the field of nuclear medicine, who was from America. Claude Schaeffer Beck (1894-1971) who was a cardiac surgeon who was credited with inventing the defibrillator, and was from America. Kimberly Beck (born in 1956) who was an actress from America with over sixty roles under her belt. Dave Beck (1894-1993) who was a labor leader from America, and was the President of the Teamsters from the year 1952 to the year 1957. Aaron Temkin Beck (born in 1921) who was a psychiatrist from America and was a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, and is commonly referred to as “the father of cognitive therapy”. Helen Harriet Beck (1904-1979) who was born with the name Sally Rand, and was a burlesque dancer and actress, she was best known for her ostrich feather fan dance and her balloon bubble dance