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The name Chalker is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was given to a person who was a whitewasher. Medieval buildings weren't painted, for paint was very expensive in the Middle Ages. Instead, they were whitewashed; covered in a paint-like emulsion of lime. It served to protect the houses against water, as well as look better. However, it didn't last very long; houses needed to be whitewashed at least twice a year, in the spring and fall. A "chalker" was a professional whitewasher; the name was originally derived from the Old English word cealcian, which meant "to whiten."

Chalker Early Origins



The surname Chalker was first found in Kent, where one of the first records of the name was Robert Calchier who was listed in the Staffordshire Pipe Rolls 1195-1215. A few years later Thomas le Chalker was listed in the Rotuli Hundredorum in 1275 and Thomas le Calkere was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1327. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

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Chalker Spelling Variations


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Chalker Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Chalker family name include Chalk, Chaulk, Chaulke, Chaulkey, Chalke, Chalker, Chalkley, Caulk and many more.

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Chalker Early History


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Chalker Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chalker research. Another 311 words (22 lines of text) covering the year 1624 is included under the topic Early Chalker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chalker Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Chalker Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Chalker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Chalker Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Job Chalker, aged 39, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Navarino" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Monday 14th August 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Navarino 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/navarino1854.shtml.
  • William Chalker, aged 38, a smith, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emigrant" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Wednesday 25th October 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Emigrant 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/emigrant1854.shtml.

Chalker Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James George Chalker, aged 20, a blacksmith, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Osborne" in 1867

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Contemporary Notables of the name Chalker (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Chalker (post 1700)



  • Rutherford S. Chalker, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Haddam, 1926
  • Robert P. Chalker, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Birmingham, 1943
  • Jabez Chalker, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Durham, 1827
  • Jack Laurence Chalker (1944-2005), American science fiction author
  • Jack Bridger Chalker (1918-2014), English war artist, best known for his work recording the lives of prisoners of war in World War II
  • Will Chalker (b. 1980), English model and an amateur boxer
  • Lynda Chalker Baroness Chalker of Wallasey, PC (b. 1942), British Conservative politician, Minister of State for Overseas Development at the Foreign Office (1989 to 1997)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ South Australian Register Monday 14th August 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Navarino 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/navarino1854.shtml.
  3. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 25th October 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Emigrant 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/emigrant1854.shtml.

Other References

  1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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