The name Aiker was brought to England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Aiker 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 Aiker family
The surname Aiker 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 Aiker family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aiker 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 Aiker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Aiker Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Acre, Acres, Aker, Eaker, Eakers, Aiker, Aikers, Aikerson, Aker, Akers, Acker, Ackers, Ackhurst and many more.
Early Notables of the Aiker 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 Aiker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Aiker family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Aiker or a variant listed above: Henry Acres (sometimes Ackers) who settled in Newbury Massachusetts in 1674, and married Hannah Silver; Henry Eakers, who settled in Philadelphia in 1738.