Eker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Eker reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Eker family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Eker 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 Eker family

The surname Eker 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.

Important Dates for the Eker family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eker research. Another 118 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1282, 1379, 1346, 1614, 1692, 1660, 1661, 1619 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Eker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Eker Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Eker include Acre, Acres, Aker, Eaker, Eakers, Aiker, Aikers, Aikerson, Aker, Akers, Acker, Ackers, Ackhurst and many more.

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

Eker migration to the United States

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Ekers to arrive on North American shores:

Eker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Eker, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Abraham Eker, aged 52, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738 [1]
  • Andreas Eker, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [1]
Eker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • M Elis Eker, who arrived in America in 1847 [1]
  • Paul Eker, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1874 [1]

Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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