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Where did the German Bocker family come from? What is the German Bocker family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bocker family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bocker family history?

The surname Bocker is of nickname derivation and the surname arose from a nickname by which the original bearer was known. In this case, it is derived from the Old German word bock, which meant goat or donkey, and was given to a person known for being stubborn and for being spiteful. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. Often nicknames described strong traits or attributes that people wished to emulate in a specific animal. In the pre-Christian era, many pagan gods and demi-gods were believed to be a mixture of animals and humans, such as the Greek god Pan who was the god of flocks and herds and was represented as a man with the legs, horns and ears of a goat. In the Middle Ages, anthropomorphic ideas, which attributed human qualities and form to gods or animals, were held about the characters of other living creatures. They were based on the creature's habits. Moreover, these associations were reflected in folk tales, mythology, and legends which portrayed animals behaving as humans.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Bockler, Bocher, Bochler, Boechli (Alemannia), Bochtler (Wuerttemberg), Bochter and many more.

First found in Swabia, where the family became noted for its many branches with the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the family became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family. Literally, in its mediaeval context, the name meant "one who is spiteful."


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bocker research. Another 217 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1315, 1342, 1559, 1617, 1687, 1664 and 1661 are included under the topic Early Bocker History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 81 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bocker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bocker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Nick Bocker, aged 23, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Andreas Bocker, who landed in America in 1780
  • Christian Bocker, who arrived in America in 1780

Bocker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Heinr Werner Bocker, who arrived in America in 1810
  • Friedr Bocker, aged 24, landed in New Orleans, La in 1845
  • Louise Bocker, aged 19, landed in New Orleans, La in 1845
  • Joh Bocker, who landed in America in 1846
  • Joh Franz Heinr Bocker, who arrived in America in 1847

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The Bocker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bocker Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 28 May 2013 at 13:07.

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