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Eaker is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Eaker family lived in the county of Cumberland. This surname was a local name meaning the dweller at the acre, or the dweller at the plot of arable land.

Eaker Early Origins



The surname Eaker was first found in the county of Cumberland, where they were descended from one of two noble houses, the Lords D'Acre, called D'Acres of the North, and Lord D'Acre of Herstmonceux, called D'Acres of the South. Both of these noble branches originally settled at Dacre in Cumberland.

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Eaker Spelling Variations


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Eaker Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Acre, Acres, Aker, Eaker, Eakers, Aiker, Aikers, Aikerson, Aker, Akers, Acker, Ackers, Ackhurst and many more.

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Eaker Early History


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Eaker Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eaker research. Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1282, 1379, 1346, 1614, 1692, 1660, 1661, 1619 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Eaker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Eaker Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Eaker Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Anthony Aucher, 1st Baronet (1614-1692), an English politician from Bishopsbourne, Kent, Member of Parliament for Canterbury (1660-1661), a...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eaker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Eaker or a variant listed above:

Eaker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Christian Eaker, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1741
  • Peter, Eaker Sr., who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741
  • Cristel Eaker, who arrived in North Carolina in 1748
  • Peter Eaker, who landed in North Carolina in 1748

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Contemporary Notables of the name Eaker (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Eaker (post 1700)



  • General Ira Clarence Eaker (1896-1987), American Commanding General of the Eighth Air Force, Bushy Park, England (1942-1944)
  • William H. Eaker, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Cayuga County 1st District, 1870
  • Jacqueline Eaker, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1980
  • Arthur T. Eaker, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Niagara County 2nd District, 1922
  • Lt. General Ira Clarence Eaker, US Air Force General, who commanded the Eighth Air Force during World War II

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    Other References

    1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    11. ...

    The Eaker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Eaker 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.

    This page was last modified on 29 October 2015 at 09:29.

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