The origins of the Deeker surname lie with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name Deeker began when someone in that family worked as a worker who was a dike or ditch maker.
Early Origins of the Deeker family
The surname Deeker 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Deeker family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deeker 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 Deeker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Deeker Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Deeker has appeared include Dicker, Decker, Deeker, Dyker, Dikkers, Ditcher and many more.
Early Notables of the Deeker family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Deeker family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Deeker arrived in North America very early: John, Joanna, and Michael Dykers who settled in New Haven Conn. in 1823; C.H. Decker settled in Baltimore Maryland in 1820; Casper, Christopher, Fred, George, Henry and John Decker all settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1773 and 1856.