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

Acree is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Acree family lived in the county of Cumberland. This surname was a local name meaning the dweller at the acre, or the dweller at the plot of arable land.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Acree have been found, including Acre, Acres, Aker, Eaker, Eakers, Aiker, Aikers, Aikerson, Aker, Akers, Acker, Ackers, Ackhurst and many more.

First found in the county of Cumberland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 A.D. They were descended from one of two noble houses, the Lords D'Acre, called D'Acres of the North, and Lord D'Acre of Herstmonceux, called D'Acres of the South. Both of these noble branches originally settled at Dacre in Cumberland.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Acree research. Another 235 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1282, 1379, 1346, 1614, 1692, 1660, 1661, 1619 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Acree History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 91 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Acree Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Acree were among those contributors:

Acree Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Kathryn P. Acree, who arrived in America, in 1905
  • Alexander Acree, aged 35, who arrived in America, in 1913
  • Alex Campbell Acree, aged 40, who arrived in America, in 1918
  • Charles H. Acree, aged 28, who arrived in America, in 1921
  • Hubert George Acree, aged 23, who arrived in America from Limerick, Ireland, in 1921

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  • Lloyd Edgar Acree (1920-1942), American sailor, posthumous recipient of the Navy Cross, eponym of the USS Lloyd E. Acree (DE-356) and the USS Acree (DE-167)
  • James D. "Jim" Acree (1928-1995), American high school football coach
  • Cindy Acree, American politician, Member of the Colorado House of Representatives (2009-)
  • Neal Acree (b. 1974), American award winning composer of film, television, and video game music


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The Acree Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Acree 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.

This page was last modified on 7 February 2014 at 08:37.

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