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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, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Navarino"
  • William Chalker, aged 38, a smith, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emigrant"

Chalker Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James George Chalker, aged 20, a blacksmith, 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)

Other References

  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. 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).
  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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