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Early Origins of the Daker family

The surname Daker 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." [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 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." [2] " The manor [of Fishwick, Lancashire] was in the possession of the Dacre family in the reign of Edward I." [2]

Early History of the Daker family

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Daker Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Daker family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Ralph Dacre, 1st Baron Dacre (c. 1290-1339); William Dacre, 2nd Baron Dacre (1319-1361); Ralph Dacre, 3rd Baron Dacre (1321-1375); Hugh Dacre, 4th Baron Dacre (1335-1383); William Dacre, 5th Baron Dacre (1357-1398); Thomas Dacre, 6th Baron Dacre (1386-1458); Humphrey Dacre, 1st Baron Dacre (d. 1485); Thomas Dacre, 2nd Baron Dacre (c. 1464-1525) of Cumberland, who...
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United States Daker migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Daker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Frederick Daker, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1802 [3]
  • Duncan Daker, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1861 [3]
  • John Daker, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868 [3]

The Daker Motto +

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.

  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.
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook