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The distinguished surname Ankers 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.
The surname Ankers 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 Ankers family is descended from a Norman settler who bore the name Anchier.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Ankers have been found, including Ankers, Anker, Ankier, Anchor, Annacker, Annercaw and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ankers research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1208, 1379, and 1395 are included under the topic Early Ankers History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Ankers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Ankers 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.
For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Ankers were among those contributors:
Ankers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Ankers Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
The Ankers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ankers Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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