Berker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Berker is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a person who stripped trees of bark for tanning. [1] The name Berker is also an occupational name for a person who tended sheep at pasture.

Early Origins of the Berker family

The surname Berker was first found in Cambridgeshire, where one of the first records of the family was Alan le Barkere who was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. The same rolls listed Robert Barcarius in Lincolnshire. [2]

Important Dates for the Berker family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berker research. Another 317 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1577, 1600, 1619, 1652, 1700, 1722, 1734, 1774, 1788, 1804, 1806, 1808, 1809, 1609, 1652, 1635, 1664, 1655, 1696, 1680, 1696, 1685, 1731, 1708, 1715, 1722, 1619, 1698, 1623, 1702, 1678, 1679, 1739, 1749 and 1793 are included under the topic Early Berker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Berker Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Berker include Barker, Barkers, Barkes, Barkess, Barkere, Barkar and others.

Early Notables of the Berker family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Christopher Barker, a distinguished British diplomat and court official in the 16th century; Sir John Barker, 1st Baronet (c.1609-c. 1652); and his son, Sir John Barker, 2nd Baronet (c.1635-1664); and his son, Sir John Barker, 4th Baronet (1655-1696), an English Baronet and politician, Member of Parliament for Ipswich (1680-1696); and his son, Sir William...
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Migration of the Berker family to Ireland

Some of the Berker family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 70 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Berker migration to the United States

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Berker were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Berker Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Berker, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [3]
Berker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johanes Berker, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1786 [3]
Berker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Berker, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Berker (post 1700)

  • Ennis A. Berker, American politician, Representative from Michigan 6th District, 1994 [4]

Citations

  1. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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