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

The name Corker finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxons of England. It was given to one who worked as a caulker, a person who waterproofed tubs, barrels, and ships. It is also possibly an occupational name for a person who made and sold a purple dye. However, that origin is in Ireland, and it is unlikely that it is connected to this Northern English name.

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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. Corker has been recorded under many different variations, including Corker, Coroor, Corcher, Corkar and others.

First found in Lancashire, now part of the County of Cumbria where the family lived in Barrow-in-Furness, now a large industrial town and seaport community. While the name has traditionally been understood to be a trade name, there is also a Norman influence as seen by Arnulf de Corcres who was listed in Normandy in the Mang. Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae of 1180-1195. The same reference lists Geoffrey Chorger or Churger in England as listed in the Hundredorum Rolls (Rotuli Hundredorum) c. 1272. [1]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Corker research. Another 209 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1297, 1338, 1549, 1584, 1629, 1705, 1722, 1808, 1636, 1715, 1636, 1715, 1700, 1651 and 1696 are included under the topic Early Corker History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 115 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Corker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Corker family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 79 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Corker or a variant listed above:

Corker Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Elizabeth Corker who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Elizabeth Corker, aged 19, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Susan Corker, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • Susanna Corker, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • Wm Corker, who landed in Virginia in 1656


Corker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • John Michael Corker, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754

Corker Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Matthew Corker, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Corker Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Henry Corker, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia

Corker Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William J. Corker, aged 26, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879

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  • Robert Phillips "Bob" Corker Jr. (b. 1952), United States Senator from Tennessee
  • Bill Corker, co-founder of Denton Corker Marshall (DCM), an award winning Australian architecture firm


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sacrificium Dei cor contritum
Motto Translation: The sacrifice of God is a contrite heart.

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  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)

Other References

  1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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The Corker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Corker 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.

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