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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 named Bec for example Bec Hellouin in Eure named with Old Norman French bec ‘stream’ from the same Old Norse root as in 1 above. English: from the Middle English personal name Becke (Old English Becca or Beocca) of uncertain origin. English: probably a nickname for someone with a prominent nose from Middle English bek bekke ‘beak (of a bird)’ (Old French bec). German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a baker a cognate of Becker from (older) South German beck West Yiddish bek ‘baker’. 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. The German surname is also found in France (mainly Alsace and Lorraine) Hungary Czechia Slovakia and Croatia. Compare Bek North German and Dutch: topographic name for someone who lived by a stream from Low German beke Dutch beck ‘stream’. Compare the High German form Bach 1 and Dutch Bek 6.7: Danish and Norwegian: habitational name from a farmstead named Bekk Bæk or Bäck from Old Norse bekkr ‘stream brook’ denoting a farm by a stream.8: Swedish: variant of Bäck (see Back ). This surname may also be of German origin (see above).9: Americanized or Germanized form of Polish Rusyn Czech Croatian or Slovenian Bek in the last two languages a cognate of the German name in 5 above.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


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

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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 USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 907 Beck families living in London. This was about 14% of all the recorded Beck's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Beck families in 1891.
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What did your Beck ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Beck. 9% of Beck men worked as a General Labourer and 68% of Beck women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Beck were Motor Driver and Private Means. .

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Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    9%
  • Builders Labourer
    4%
  • Incapacitated
    3%
  • Motor Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    68%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    2%
  • Housewife
    2%
  • Private Means
    2%
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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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