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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Dacre, Dacker, Daker, Dakers, Dacres, Dakre and others.

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." [1] "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." [2] Dacre is also a township in North Yorkshire but is significantly smaller. However, the chapelry of Skelmersdale in Lancashire was 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." [2]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dacre research. Another 443 words (32 lines of text) covering the years 1212, 1272, 1278, 1307, 1321, 1290, 1339, 1319, 1361, 1321, 1375, 1335, 1383, 1357, 1398, 1386, 1458, 1485, 1464, 1525, 1485, 1497, 1563, 1526, 1566, 1587, 1668, 1609 and 1668 are included under the topic Early Dacre History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dacre Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Harriet Dacre, aged 22, who settled in America from London, in 1904
  • Mary Dacre, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Monesteyevan, Ireland, in 1907
  • Sarah Dacre, aged 50, who landed in America from Leeds, England, in 1909
  • Thomas C. Dacre, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Cleator Moor, England, in 1910
  • Stanley Dacre, aged 23, who emigrated to America from Liverpool, England, in 1913

Dacre Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Susan Isabel Dacre (1844-1933), English artist from Warwickshire
  • James Dacre, British theatre director
  • Charlotte Dacre (1771-1825), English author of Gothic novels
  • Paul Michael Dacre (b. 1948), British journalist, editor of the British newspaper the Daily Mail
  • Charlotte Dacre (1782-1841), English author
  • Harry Dacre (1860-1922), English songwriter
  • Charles Christian Ralph "Ces" Dacre (1899-1975), New Zealand cricket player


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.


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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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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