Early Origins of the Ellerker family
The surname Ellerker 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 Ellerker family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ellerker research.Another 375 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1527, 1546, 1546 and 1529 are included under the topic Early Ellerker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ellerker Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Ellerker are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Ellerker include Ellerker, Elerker, Ellerkar, Ellarker, Elarker, Ellercker, Elercker, Ellicker, Elicker, Ellickar, Elliker, Hellerker, Helliker, Elliker and many more.
Early Notables of the Ellerker family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ellerker family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Ellerker, 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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Ellerker (post 1700)
- Wendy Ellerker, American author
- Thomas Ellerker (1738-1795), English Jesuit