Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • Dutch, German, Danish, and Jewish (Ashkenazic) : occupational name for a baker of bread, or brick and tiles, from backen ‘to bake’.
  • English : occupational name for a maker or user of mattocks or pickaxes, from an agent derivative of Old English becca ‘mattock’.
  • This name is recorded in Beverwijck in New Netherland in the mid 17th century, but it was also brought independently to North America by many other bearers.