The distinguished surname Annacker 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 Annacker family
The surname Annacker 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 Annacker family is descended from a Norman settler who bore the name Anchier.
Early History of the Annacker family
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Annacker 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 Ankers, Anker, Ankier, Anchor, Annacker, Annercaw and others.
Early Notables of the Annacker family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Annacker family to Ireland
Some of the Annacker family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 57 words (4 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 Annacker 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 Annacker or a variant listed above: Thomas Anchor, who settled in Boston in 1646; John Ankers, who was living in New York in 1835; John Anchor, who was recorded in the 1871 census of Ontario, and Neil Anker, who was naturalized in California in 1878..
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