Acker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

This surname was derived from the Saxon name "Acca"

Early Origins of the Acker family

The surname Acker was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from early times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Acker family

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Acker Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Acker include Acker, Ackers, Ackhurst, Ackerson, Acaster, Ackaster, Akaster, Akester and many more.

Early Notables of the Acker family (pre 1700)

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United States Acker migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Acker or a variant listed above:

Acker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Acker, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Hendrick Acker, aged 32, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1732 [1]
  • Phillip Jacob Acker, aged 36, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732 [1]
  • Philip Jacob Acker, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732 [1]
  • Michael Acker, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1734 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Acker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Christian Acker, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]
  • Louis Acker, who settled in New York State in 1820
  • Philip Acker, who settled in Texas in 1846
  • Heinrich Acker, who landed in Texas in 1846 [1]
  • Jacob Acker, who landed in New York in 1846 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Acker migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Acker Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Adam Acker, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Catherina Acker, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Magdalena Acker, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Valentine Acker, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757

Contemporary Notables of the name Acker (post 1700) +

  • Willis E. Acker, American politician, Social Democratic Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly from Milwaukee County 5th District, 1902 [2]
  • William Marsh Acker Jr. (b. 1927), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1972; U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama, 1982-96 [2]
  • William H. Acker (b. 1851), American Republican politician, Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention 12th District, 1907-08; Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1908 [2]
  • William C. Acker, American Republican politician, Chair of Steuben County Republican Party, 1910 [2]
  • William Acker, American politician, Member of Illinois Socialist State Central Committee, 1919 [2]
  • Walter Acker Sr. (b. 1845), American politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives, 1883, 1925-29 [2]
  • Virgil D. Acker, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1912 [2]
  • Ural Stebbins Acker (1879-1950), American Republican politician, Kalamazoo County Clerk, 1925-28; Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Kalamazoo County 2nd District, 1939-50 [2]
  • Robert Harold Acker (b. 1928), American Republican politician,Chair of Isabella County Republican Party, 1972-75; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1976 [2]
  • Neal Acker, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1972 [2]
  • ... (Another 26 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Acker Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: La liberte
Motto Translation: Liberty.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, August 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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