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Where did the Irish Tucker family come from? What is the Irish Tucker family crest and coat of arms? When did the Tucker family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Tucker family history?

The Tucker surname is derived from the Gaelic O Tuathair or O Tuachair meaning "people dear." According to Woulfe, this was the name of two distinct septs, one of the Ely-O'Carroll territory of north Tipperary and South Offaly, and the other of north Connacht. Both of these septs have had their names Anglicized to several similar variations of Tucker over the years.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Toher, Togher, Tougher, Taugher, Toukere, Togher, Taugher, Tucker, Tooker, Tuachair and many more.

First found in Tipperary, Offaly and Ulster. One of the ancient septs of this name was mentioned in the Annals in Ulster as early as 1126; thus pre-dating the Anglo-Normans.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tucker research. Another 190 words(14 lines of text) covering the year 1659 is included under the topic Early Tucker History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Tucker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tucker Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John Tucker explored the rivers of Maine in 1602
  • Daniel Tucker settled in Virginia in 1607
  • Daniel Tucker, who landed in Virginia in 1608
  • William Tucker settled in Virginia in 1610
  • William Tucker settled in Maine in 1621


Tucker Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Elizabeth Tucker, who arrived in Carolina in 1724
  • Charlotte Tucker, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773

Tucker Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Francis Tucker, aged 37, landed in Alexandria, Va in 1801
  • Sally E Tucker, aged 10, landed in Alexandria, Va in 1801
  • Maria D Tucker, aged 12, arrived in Alexandria, Va in 1801
  • James Henry Tucker, aged 21, arrived in Alexandria, Va in 1801
  • Richard Tucker, who arrived in America in 1807


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  • Tommy Tucker (1933-1982), American blues singer-songwriter and pianist
  • Tanya Denise Tucker (b. 1958), award-winning American country singer
  • Henry Tucker (1826-1882), American songwriter
  • Albert William Tucker (1905-1995), American educator and mathematician
  • Forrest Tucker (1919-1986), American actor in both movies and television
  • Eddie Jack Tucker (b. 1966), American former Major League Baseball player
  • Richard Tucker (1913-1975), American tenor who performed with the New York Metropolitan Opera from 1945 to 1975
  • Scott Tucker (b. 1976), American Olympic swimmer
  • Walter Rayford Tucker III (b. 1957), American politician
  • Cynthia Tucker (b. 1955), American reporter who won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary and also a Pulitzer-nominated finalist in 2004 and 2006

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  • Descendants of Arthur Massey, Cheraws District, South Carolina, 1769, with Allied Lines of Thurman and Tucker by Carmae Massey Smith.
  • The Descendants of William Tucker of Throwleigh, Devon by Robert Dennard Tucker.
  • Genealogy & Ancestry of Descendants of Tom & Martha Clark: also the Families of Young, Tucker & Stalnaker by W.S. Ross.
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  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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  7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  8. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  9. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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The Tucker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tucker Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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