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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.

Early Origins of the Eaker family

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.

Early History of the Eaker family

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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.

Early Notables of the Eaker family (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 supporter...
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Eaker Ranking

In the United States, the name Eaker is the 15,529th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Eaker migration to the United States +

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 [2]
  • Peter, Eaker Sr., who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741 [2]
  • Cristel Eaker, who arrived in North Carolina in 1748 [2]
  • Peter Eaker, who landed in North Carolina in 1748 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Eaker (post 1700) +

  • Lt. General Ira Clarence Eaker, US Air Force General who commanded the Eighth Air Force during World War II
  • General Ira Clarence Eaker (1896-1987), American Commanding General of the Eighth Air Force, Bushy Park, England (1942-1944) [3]
  • William H. Eaker, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Cayuga County 1st District, 1870 [4]
  • Jacqueline Eaker, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1980 [4]
  • Arthur T. Eaker, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Niagara County 2nd District, 1922 [4]

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