Early Origins of the Ellerkar family
The surname Ellerkar was first found in Yorkshire
in the East Riding at Ellerker, a village and civil parish that dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Alrecher and literally meant "marsh where alders grow" from the Old Scandinavian words elri + kjarr. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
At the time of the Domesday Book
, the village was quite small with about 5 households holding about 39 villagers. The land was held at that time by Earl Morcar who was tenant
in chief of the Bishop of Durham St Cuthbert
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Early History of the Ellerkar family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ellerkar research.Another 375 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1527, 1546, 1546 and 1529 are included under the topic Early Ellerkar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ellerkar Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Ellerker, Elerker, Ellerkar, Ellarker, Elarker, Ellercker, Elercker, Ellicker, Elicker, Ellickar, Elliker, Hellerker, Helliker, Elliker and many more.
Early Notables of the Ellerkar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ellerkar family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Ellerkar name or one of its variants: Kaspar Elliker, who arrived in America sometime between 1739 and 1744; Anna Elliker, who settled in Carolina in 1743; Caspar Elliker, who came to Carolina in 1743.