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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 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 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 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


Tucker Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century


  • John and Richard Tucker, from Teignmouth in Devon, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1676

Tucker Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Freelove Tucker, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Henry Tucker, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Solomon Tucker, who arrived in New Brunswick in 1783

Tucker Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Timothy Tucker, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843

Tucker Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Tucker, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • James Tucker, a tyler, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Benjamin Tucker arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Diadem" in 1840
  • Keziah Jane Tucker arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Diadem" in 1840
  • Benjamin Frederick Tucker arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Diadem" in 1840


Tucker Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Josias Tucker, aged 36, a blacksmith, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • William H. Tucker, aged 8, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • Eliza Ann Tucker, aged 6, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • Samuel J. Tucker, aged 3, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • Josias Tucker, aged 1, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840


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  • William H. Tucker, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Toledo, Ohio, 1898-1915
  • William Tucker, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Vermont, 1932
  • William Tucker, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Griswold, 1831-32
  • Wesley G. Tucker, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Durham; Elected 1914
  • Willard D. Tucker, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 19th District, 1902
  • Wayne Thomas Tucker, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Chula Vista, California, 1994
  • Wanda Tucker, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1952
  • Walter Rayford III Tucker (b. 1957), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Compton, California, 1991-92; U.S. Representative from California 37th District, 1993-95
  • Walter R. Tucker Jr. (1924-1990), American politician, Mayor of Compton, California, 1981-90; Defeated, 1977
  • Walter H. Tucker, American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Cheshire, 1912

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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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  2. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  5. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  6. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  7. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  8. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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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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