Auker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Auker is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Auker family 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 Auker family
The surname Auker 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.
Important Dates for the Auker family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Auker research. Another 118 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1282, 1379, 1346, 1614, 1692, 1660, 1661, 1619 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Auker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Auker Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Auker family name include Acre, Acres, Aker, Eaker, Eakers, Aiker, Aikers, Aikerson, Aker, Akers, Acker, Ackers, Ackhurst and many more.
Early Notables of the Auker 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 supporter...
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Migration of the Auker family
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Auker family to immigrate North America: Henry Acres (sometimes Ackers) who settled in Newbury Massachusetts in 1674, and married Hannah Silver; Henry Eakers, who settled in Philadelphia in 1738.
Contemporary Notables of the name Auker (post 1700)
- Elden LeRoy "Submarine" Auker (1910-2006), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1933 to 1942, inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1969
- Helen R. Auker, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1972; Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1972 
- Granville E. Auker, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 25th District, 1978 
- Charles A. Auker, American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Blair County 1st District; Elected 1954, 1960 
- David Auker, British film and television actor, best known for A Bridge Too Far (1977), Unman, Wittering and Zigo (1971) and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)
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