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Bek Name Meaning

Jewish (Ashkenazic) and South German: variant of Beck ‘baker’. Croatian and Slovenian: occupational name for a baker from old South German beck ‘baker’ (see Beck compare Pek ). Czech: from a pet form of a personal name beginning with Be- such as Benedikt (see Benedict ) or a surname of German origin (see 1 above). Polish: nickname derived from bekać ‘to burp’ beczeć ‘to bleat to sing sharp to cry loudly’ or an adaptation of German Beck . This surname is also found among Rusyns (Lemkos). Dutch: nickname for someone with a particular bek ‘mouth jaw’. Dutch: topographic name for someone living near a beek ‘stream’. Compare Beck 6 and Beek .7: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surnames 白 (see Bai ) and 麥 (see Mai ) based on their Hokkien or Teochew pronunciations.

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


Similar surnames: Berk, Bok, Beck, Bak, Byk, Ber, Mak, Beg, Sek, Bar

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Where is the Bek family from?

You can see how Bek families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bek family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Bek families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 8 Bek families living in Ontario. This was about 67% of all the recorded Bek's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Bek families in 1911.
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What did your Bek ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Bek. 24% of Bek men worked as a Laborer and 100% of Bek women worked as a Clerk. .

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

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    24%
  • Farm Hand
    24%
  • Farmer
    18%
  • Printer
    12%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
    100%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Bek. For the veterans among your Bek ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bek lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Bek life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1975, and highest in 1965. The average life expectancy for Bek in 1959 was 65, and 83 in 2004.

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