Earwaker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the name Earwaker are with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the Old Danish and Old Swedish name Erik and the Old Norse name Eiríkr. Many Scandinavian personal names were left in the British Isles as a legacy of the Viking raids which plagued the coastal regions of Britain from the 8th to 10th centuries, and many of these eventually became Anglo-Saxon surnames.

Early Origins of the Earwaker family

The surname Earwaker was first found in Leicestershire. The name was listed as Eiric, Eric and Erish in the Domesday Book of 1086. [1] John Eirich was the first listing of the family in Leicestershire in 1211. [2] "There is a tradition that the most ancient family of the Ericks derive lineage from Erick the Forester, a great commander, who raised an army to oppose the invasion of William the Conqueror, by whom he was vanquished, but afterwards employed to command that prince's forces, and in old age retired to his house in Leicestershire, where his family hath continued ever since." [3]

Important Dates for the Earwaker family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Earwaker research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1450, 1557, 1753, 1658, 1695, 1591 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Earwaker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Earwaker Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Earwaker has been spelled many different ways, including Herrick, Herricke and others.

Early Notables of the Earwaker family (pre 1700)

Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Earwaker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Earwaker family to Ireland

Some of the Earwaker family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Earwaker migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Earwaker Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Earwaker, aged 28, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Ostrich" [4]

Historic Events for the Earwaker family

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Ronald C Earwaker (b. 1922), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [5]

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Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ South Australian Register Saturday 22nd July 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Ostrich 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/ostrich1854.shtml
  5. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
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