The history of the Akeray family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They 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 Akeray family
The surname Akeray 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 Akeray family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Akeray 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 Akeray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Akeray Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Acre, Acres, Aker, Eaker, Eakers, Aiker, Aikers, Aikerson, Aker, Akers, Acker, Ackers, Ackhurst and many more.
Early Notables of the Akeray 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 Akeray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Akeray family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Akeray name or one of its variants: Henry Acres (sometimes Ackers) who settled in Newbury Massachusetts in 1674, and married Hannah Silver; Henry Eakers, who settled in Philadelphia in 1738.