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Decker is a name that was formed by the Anglo-Saxon society of old Britain. The name was thought to have been used for someone who once worked as a worker who was a dike or ditch maker.

Decker Early Origins



The surname Decker was first found in East Sussex and either Upper Dicker or Lower Dicker, villages that date back to 1229 where they were listed as Diker. The place name is derived from the Middle English word "dyker" which means "ten" as in a plot of land for which ten iron rods were paid in rent. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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Decker Spelling Variations


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Decker Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Decker include Dicker, Decker, Deeker, Dyker, Dikkers, Ditcher and many more.

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Decker Early History


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Decker Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Decker research. Another 515 words (37 lines of text) covering the years 1210, 1066, 1296, 1327, 1327, 1327, 1379, 1572 and 1632 are included under the topic Early Decker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Decker Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Decker Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 18 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Decker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Decker were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Decker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Schiedt Decker, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Johan Decker, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Casper Decker, aged 40, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Roedolph Decker, aged 40, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Rudolph Decker, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Decker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James T Decker, aged 21, landed in New York in 1812
  • C. H. Decker, age 30 who settled in Baltimore, Maryland in 1820
  • C. H. Decker settled in Baltimore Maryland in 1820
  • Joh Caspar Decker, who arrived in America in 1837
  • Heinr Decker, who landed in America in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Decker Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Henry Decker U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Reuben Decker U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Thomas Decker U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Decker (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Decker (post 1700)



  • Susan Lynne "Sue" Decker (b. 1962), American president of Yahoo! Inc in 2007 and 2008
  • Stephen Michael Decker (b. 1965), American former Major League Baseball catcher
  • Richard Decker (1907-1988), American cartoonist and illustrator
  • Allen Francis Decker (b. 1929), American special agent for the FBI (1956-59) before becoming a prominent banker
  • Abram W. Decker, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Sullivan County, 1860
  • Abram I. Decker, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Tioga County, 1889-90; Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1892
  • A. E. Decker, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1936
  • Alpheus P. Decker (1887-1965), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Sanilac County, 1935-50; Member of Michigan State Senate 20th District, 1951-54
  • Anna L. Decker, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State Senate 6th District, 1946
  • Augustus Stoner Decker (1813-1872), American politician, Mayor of Columbus, Ohio, 1846
  • ... (Another 61 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Decker


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Suggested Readings for the name Decker



  • The Decker Genealogy: Some Descendants of the Dutch Immigrants Johannes Gerretsen and Jan Broersen: A Compilation by Benton Weaver Decker.
  • Ours, Then and Now: Anneke Jans Bogardus, Van Horn, Yates, Decker, and Allied Lines by Elinor Randlemon.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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The Decker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Decker 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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