Early Origins of the Ellercar family
The surname Ellercar was first found in Yorkshire
in the East Riding at Ellerker, a village and civil parish that dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Alrecher and literally meant "marsh where alders grow" from the Old Scandinavian words elri + kjarr. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
At the time of the Domesday Book
, the village was quite small with about 5 households holding about 39 villagers. The land was held at that time by Earl Morcar who was tenant
in chief of the Bishop of Durham St Cuthbert
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Early History of the Ellercar family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ellercar research.Another 375 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1527, 1546, 1546 and 1529 are included under the topic Early Ellercar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ellercar 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 Ellerker, Elerker, Ellerkar, Ellarker, Elarker, Ellercker, Elercker, Ellicker, Elicker, Ellickar, Elliker, Hellerker, Helliker, Elliker and many more.
Early Notables of the Ellercar family (pre 1700)
Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ellercar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ellercar family to the New World and Oceana
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 Ellercar or a variant listed above: Kaspar Elliker, who arrived in America sometime between 1739 and 1744; Anna Elliker, who settled in Carolina in 1743; Caspar Elliker, who came to Carolina in 1743.