The distinguished surname Anchor first came to 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
The surname Anchor was first found in the northern counties of 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
A multitude of 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.Another 128 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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
- Thomas Anchor, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1646 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)