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The Anglo-Saxon name Haker comes from when the family resided near a hatch or gate which in most cases led to a forest, but occasionally led to a sluice.The surname Haker is derived from the Old English word hcce, which means hatch. The surname Haker belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.


The surname Haker was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Carby from very ancient times some say before the Norman Conquest by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D.

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Haker has been recorded under many different variations, including Hacher, Hatcher, Hatchers and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haker research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1660, 1589, 1677, 1624, 1659, 1634, 1678 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Haker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Distinguished members of the family include Colonel Francis Hacker (died 1660), an English soldier who fought for Parliament during the English Civil War, one of the Regicides of King Charles I of England; Thomas...

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Haker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Haker or a variant listed above:

Haker Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Haker, who landed in America in 1654-1679
  • Nicholas Haker, who arrived in Maryland in 1664

  • Theodor Haker (1920-1944), German Oberleutnant in the Luftwaffe during World War II, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

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    Other References

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    6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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    10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
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    The Haker Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Haker Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 11 February 2013 at 08:03.

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