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

The ancestors of the Hacker surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived near a hatch or gate which in most cases led to a forest, but occasionally led to a sluice.The surname Hacker is derived from the Old English word hcce, which means hatch. The surname Hacker belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hacker include Hacher, Hatcher, Hatchers and others.

First found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Carby from very ancient times some say before the Norman Conquest by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hacker research. Another 111 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1660, 1589, 1677, 1624, 1659, 1634, 1678 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Hacker History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 121 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hacker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Hacker Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Alice Hacker, who came to Virginia in 1636
  • Alice Hacker, an early immigrant to Virginia, arriving in 1636
  • Alice Hacker, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
  • Walter Hacker, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Margery Hacker, who arrived in Virginia in 1637


Hacker Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Johan Jacob Hacker, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Hans Adam Hacker, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Georg Hacker, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • George Hacker, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1760
  • Jacob Hacker, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1762


Hacker Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Joh Herrn Hacker, aged 32, arrived in Baltimore Maryland in 1848
  • Anna Maria Hacker, aged 23, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1848
  • Carl Hacker, aged 61, landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • Friedrich Hacker, who landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • Anna Catharina Hacker, who landed in New York, NY in 1850


Hacker Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Valentin Edmund Hacker, aged 17, arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1925
  • Katharina Hacker, who arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1926

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  • Leonard Hacker (1924-2003), original name of Buddy Hackett, American theater, film and television actress
  • Marilyn Hacker (b. 1942), American poet, translator and critic
  • Warren Louis Hacker (1924-2002), American professional baseball player
  • Katrina Hacker (b. 1990), American figure skater
  • Richard Warren Hacker (b. 1947), former American Major League Baseball player, base coach and scout
  • Angela Hacker, American country music singer
  • Andrew Hacker (b. 1929), American political scientist and public intellectual
  • Eric Lynn Hacker (b. 1983), American professional baseball pitcher
  • Jeremiah Hacker (1801-1895), American reformer and journalist
  • David Hacker, American sculptor and painter

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  • A German-American Hacker-Hocker Genealogy: 350 Years of Family history by William O. Winegard.
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  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Hacker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hacker 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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