The name Dikers comes from one of the family having worked as a worker who was a dike or ditch maker.
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.
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in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Dikers have been found, including: Dicker, Decker, Deeker, Dyker, Dikkers, Ditcher and many more.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Dikers, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : 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.