Acres History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Acres is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The Acres family lived in the county of Cumberland. This surname was a local name meaning the dweller at the acre, or the dweller at the plot of arable land.

Early Origins of the Acres family

The surname Acres was first found in the county of Cumberland, where they were descended from one of two noble houses, the Lords D'Acre, called D'Acres of the North, and Lord D'Acre of Herstmonceux, called D'Acres of the South. Both of these noble branches originally settled at Dacre in Cumberland.

Early History of the Acres family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Acres research. Another 118 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1282, 1379, 1346, 1614, 1692, 1660, 1661, 1619 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Acres History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Acres Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Acres family name include Acre, Acres, Aker, Eaker, Eakers, Aiker, Aikers, Aikerson, Aker, Akers, Acker, Ackers, Ackhurst and many more.

Early Notables of the Acres family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Anthony Aucher, 1st Baronet (1614-1692), an English politician from Bishopsbourne, Kent, Member of Parliament for Canterbury (1660-1661), a supporter...
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United States Acres migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Acres family to immigrate North America:

Acres Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Acres, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1656 [1]
  • John Acres, who landed in Maryland in 1672 [1]
  • Henry Acres (sometimes Ackers) who settled in Newbury Massachusetts in 1674, and married Hannah Silver
  • Henry Acres, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1674
  • Christopher Acres, who arrived in Barbados in 1679
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Acres Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Aaron Acres, who settled in Virginia in 1772
Acres Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Acres, who settled in New York in 1832

Canada Acres migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Acres Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Esther Acres, who settled in Ontario in 1871

Australia Acres migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Acres Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Acres, (b. 1802), aged 17, Irish weaver who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Castle Forbes" on 3rd October 1819, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1829 [2]
  • Joseph Acres, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1848 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Acres (post 1700) +

  • Isabella Acres, American child actress
  • Mark Acres (b. 1962), retired American NBA basketball player
  • Birt Acres (1854-1918), American photographer and film pioneer
  • Peter Acres, English actor and musician
  • Basil Acres (1926-2000), English footballer
  • Adam Acres (1878-1955), Canadian politician

  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th December 2020). Retrieved from
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1848. Retrieved from on Facebook
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