England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is derived from the Old French "anchier," meaning "anchorite" or "religious recluse," and was likely first bestowed as a nickname on someone with a reclusive or fanatically religious character.
Early Origins of the Anchor family
England. After the Norman Conquest, natives of Normandy left their native land to settle in England; it is thought that the Anchor family is descended from a Norman settler who bore the name Anchier.
Early History of the Anchor family
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Anchor Spelling Variations
spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Ankers, Anker, Ankier, Anchor, Annacker, Annercaw and others.
Early Notables of the Anchor family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Anchor family to Ireland
Some of the Anchor family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Anchor family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Anchor or a variant listed above:
Anchor Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
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