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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 Family Origin

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Beck Family Occupations

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In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Beck. 2% of Beck men worked as a General Labourer and 51% of Beck women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Beck were Agricultural Labourer and Domestic Servant

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
    2%
  • Builders Labourer
    1%
  • Bricklayer
    1%
  • Agricultural Labourer
    1%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    51%
  • Housewife
    2%
  • Domestic Duties
    2%
  • Domestic Servant
    2%

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

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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