The surname Bleecker was first found in Hampshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1327 when Robert Bleacher held estates.
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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Bleecker has been recorded under many different variations, including Bleacher, Bleecher, Bleecker, Bleaker and others.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bleecker or a variant listed above:
Bleecker Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Jan Janse Bleecker, who landed in New York in 1658 
Jan Jansen Bleecker, who landed in America in 1658 
Bleecker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Sebastena Cornelia Bleecker, who arrived in New York in 1847 
Julian Bleecker, American Research Fellow at the Annenberg Center for Communication, and an Assistant Professor in the Interactive Media Division, at the University of Southern California
Ann Eliza Bleecker (1752-1783), American writer, poet
Harmanus Bleecker (1779-1849), United States Representative from New York
Anthony Bleecker (1770-1827), American lawyer and poet
Stephen Bleecker Luce (1827-1917), U.S. Navy admiral, founder and first president of the Naval War College, eponym of the USS Luce (DLG-7/DDG-38), USS Luce (DD-522) and the USS Luce (DD-99)
Henry Bleecker Metcalfe (1805-1881), American Democrat politician, Richmond County Prosecuting Attorney, 1826-32; Richmond County Judge, 1840-41, 1847-75; U.S. Representative from New York 1st District, 1875-77 
Noel Bleecker Fox, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 7th District, 1920-21 
^ 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)
^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X