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Where did the English Eaker family come from? What is the English Eaker family crest and coat of arms? When did the Eaker family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Eaker family history?Eaker is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Eaker 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.
Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eaker research. Another 234 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1282, 1346, and 1379 are included under the topic Early Eaker History in all our PDF Extended History products.
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Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Eaker or a variant listed above:
Eaker Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
The Eaker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Eaker 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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