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The surname Dacre was first found in Cumberland at Dacre, a parish, in the union of Penrith, Leath ward. The village dates back to c. 1125 when it was first listed as Dacor and was so named from the stream called Dacre Beck, a Celtic river-name meaning "the tircking one."  "A monastery existed here in the time of Bede; and at this place Constantine, King of Scotland, and Eugenius, King of Cumberland, placed themselves and their dominions under the authority of Athelstan. Dacre Castle was long the residence of an ancient and noble family of that name: the main body of it, consisting principally of four towers, of excellent workmanship, remains in a very perfect state."  Dacre is also a township in North Yorkshire but is significantly smaller. However, the chapelry of Skelmersdale in Lancashire was also an ancient homestead of this distinguished family. "At the time of the Domesday Survey, this place was held by Uctred; and William Dacre subsequently held the manor under Thomas, Earl of Lancaster."  " The manor [of Fishwick, Lancashire] was in the possession of the Dacre family in the reign of Edward I." 
Spelling variations of this family name include: Dacre, Dacker, Daker, Dakers, Dacres, Dakre and others.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Dacre Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Dacre Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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: Forte en loyalte
Motto Translation: Strong in loyalty.
The Dacre Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dacre 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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