The German an Dutch surname Becker is an occupational name for a baker of bread, or brick and tiles, from backen ‘to bake’. When found in England the name Becker is an occupational name for a maker or user of mattocks or pickaxes, from the Old English term becca ‘mattock’. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1709 when Harts Henrig Becker arrived in New York from Hamburg, Germany. Today there are approximately 88,000 bearers of the name Becker living in the US.
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