Dekkers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Dekkers 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.

Early Origins of the Dekkers family

The surname Dekkers 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]

Important Dates for the Dekkers family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dekkers research. Another 258 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1210, 1066, 1296, 1327, 1327, 1327, 1379, 1572 and 1632 are included under the topic Early Dekkers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dekkers 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 Dekkers include Dicker, Decker, Deeker, Dyker, Dikkers, Ditcher and many more.

Early Notables of the Dekkers family (pre 1700)

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Dekkers migration to the United States

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 Dekkers were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Dekkers Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • George A. Dekkers, originally from Rotterdam, Holland, arrived in New York City in 1919 aboard the ship "Nieuw Amsterdam" from Rotterdam, Netherlands [2]
  • Gerardus W. Dekkers, originally from Rotterdam, Holland, arrived in New York City in 1919 aboard the ship "Nieuw Amsterdam" from Rotterdam, Netherlands [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dekkers (post 1700)

  • Tin Dekkers (1916-2005), Dutch boxer
  • Ramon Dekkers (1969-2013), Dutch kickboxer and Muay Thai practitioner
  • Marlies Dekkers (b. 1965), Dutch fashion designer
  • Jan Dekkers (1919-1997), Dutch painter and sculptor
  • Hurnet Dekkers (b. 1974), Dutch rower
  • Hens Dekkers (1915-1966), Dutch boxer
  • Hans Dekkers (1928-1984), Dutch cyclist
  • Frank Dekkers (b. 1961), Dutch painter

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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. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QP-TJZ : 6 December 2014), George A. Dekkers, 09 Mar 1919; citing departure port Rotterdam, arrival port New York City, ship name Nieuw Amsterdam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QP-1X7 : 6 December 2014), Gerardus W. Dekkers, 09 Mar 1919; citing departure port Rotterdam, arrival port New York City, ship name Nieuw Amsterdam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
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