The name Acrey reached England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Acrey 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 Acrey family
The surname Acrey 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 Acrey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Acrey research.Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1282, 1379, 1346, 1614, 1692, 1660, 1661, 1619 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Acrey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Acrey Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Acrey include Acre, Acres, Aker, Eaker, Eakers, Aiker, Aikers, Aikerson, Aker, Akers, Acker, Ackers, Ackhurst and many more.
Early Notables of the Acrey 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... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Acrey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Acrey family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Acreys to arrive on North American shores: Henry Acres (sometimes Ackers) who settled in Newbury Massachusetts in 1674, and married Hannah Silver; Henry Eakers, who settled in Philadelphia in 1738.