Aytkers is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest
brought to England
in 1066. The Aytkers 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 Aytkers family
The surname Aytkers 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.
Early History of the Aytkers family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aytkers research.Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1282, 1379, 1346, 1614, 1692, 1660, 1661, 1619 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Aytkers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Aytkers Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Acre, Acres, Aker, Eaker, Eakers, Aiker, Aikers, Aikerson, Aker, Akers, Acker, Ackers, Ackhurst and many more.
Early Notables of the Aytkers 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... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Aytkers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Aytkers family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Aytkers or a variant listed above: Henry Acres (sometimes Ackers) who settled in Newbury Massachusetts in 1674, and married Hannah Silver; Henry Eakers, who settled in Philadelphia in 1738.