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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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The surname Tucker was 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.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Toher, Togher, Tougher, Taugher, Toukere, Togher, Taugher, Tucker, Tooker, ó Tuachair and many more.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Tucker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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
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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
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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
  • Mr. James Tucker U.E. who settled in Bell Vue, Beaver Harbor, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783
  • Mr. Solomon Tucker U.E. born in Stamford, Connecticut, USA who settled in Kings County, New Brunswick c. 1783 passenger aboard the Union Transport, was a Weaver
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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
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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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Tucker Historic Events



Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Walter  Tucker (1894-1917), Canadian Horseman aboard the SS Curaca from Montreal, Quebec, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Leslie Tucker (b. 1913), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Penge, London, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Reginald John Tucker, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Mervyn Richard Tucker, British Leading Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales May 1941 and died at the battle of Denmark Strait, before the sinking of the HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. James Tucker, British Petty Officer from Macroom, County Cork, Ireland, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Kenneth Tucker, British Leading Cook, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Sidney Victor Tucker, British Engine Room Artificer 4th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Ernest John Tucker, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. William Henry Tucker, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Gerald G Tucker, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
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RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Albert Tucker, Canadian 3rd Class passenger from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Gilbert Milligan Tucker Jr., aged 31, American First Class passenger from Albany, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 7
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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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Citations



    Other References

    1. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    2. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    8. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    9. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    10. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
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