Dakers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Dakers family

The surname Dakers 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 Dakers family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dakers research. Another 222 words (16 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, 1626, 1629, 1641, 1648, 1609, 1668, 1646 and 1648 are included under the topic Early Dakers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dakers Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Dakers 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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New Zealand Dakers migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Dakers Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Martha Ann (Patty) Dakers, British settler travelling from Liverpool (Mersey) aboard the ship "Viscount Sandon" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand then Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in 1860 [3]
  • Mr. William Henry Philip Dakers, British settler travelling from Liverpool (Mersey) aboard the ship "Viscount Sandon" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand then Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in 1860 [3]
  • Mr. Henry (Harry) Dakers, British settler travelling from Liverpool (Mersey) aboard the ship "Viscount Sandon" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand then Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in 1860 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dakers (post 1700) +

  • Mr. Stewart Dakers B.E.M., British recipient of the British Empire Medal on 8th June 2018, for services to Disadvantaged People in Farnham, Surrey [4]
  • Lionel Dakers (1924-2003), Director of Church Music

HMS Hood
  • Mr. William B Dakers (b. 1908), English Sick Berth Attendant serving for the Royal Navy from Hebburn, County Durham, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [5]


The Dakers 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. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 31 October 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1
  5. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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