Bancker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestors of the bearers of the Bancker family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in Oxfordshire. The name is thought to be descriptive of someone who lived near a bank, or an area of raised ground, and is derived from the Old English word, benche, of the same meaning, although this derivation and meaning are by no means certain. Another source claims the "surname is derived from an official title. 'the bencher,' the banker.' Very early instances of some office in legal or exchequer matters." 
Early Origins of the Bancker family
The surname Bancker was first found in Oxfordshire, where one of the first records of the family appeared in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 as Roger de Bencher. The Writs of Parliament in 1298 list Robert le Banker and John le Bancker (London) in 1300. 
Another source claims that Cheshire is the first place of origin as Albrice le Baunker was listed there in the Feet of Fines of 1245. Later, Thomas Bankar was listed in Northumberland in 1358. 
Early History of the Bancker family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bancker research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1279, 1296, 1500, 1674, 1665, 1734, 1695, 1696, 1707 and 1709 are included under the topic Early Bancker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bancker Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Bancker include Bencher, Banker, Benchere, Buncher, Benchaire and many more.
Early Notables of the Bancker family (pre 1700)
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bancker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bancker family
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bancker or a variant listed above: William Banker who arrived in New York in 1822.
Contemporary Notables of the name Bancker (post 1700) +
- Flores Bancker, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Albany County, 1779-80 
- Evert Bancker (1721-1803), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County, 1777-83, 1785-88; Speaker of the New York State Assembly, 1779-83 
- Evert Bancker (1665-1734), American politician, Mayor of Albany, New York, 1695-96, 1707-09 
- Adrian Bancker (d. 1792), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Richmond County, 1783-84; Richmond County Surrogate, 1787-92 
- Abraham Bancker, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Richmond County, 1788-90; Richmond County Surrogate, 1792-1809 
- John Bancker Aycrigg (1798-1856), American politician, Representative from New Jersey at-large, 1837-39, 1841-43 
Related Stories +
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html