The ancient name of Houker finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a person who made hooks or an agricultural worker who used hooks. The name Houker was also applied to someone who lived near a bend or hill-spur. The surname Houker is derived from the Old English word hoc,
which means hook.
Early Origins of the Houker family
The surname Houker was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Houker family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Houker research.Another 316 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1199, 1558, 1554, 1600, 1586 and 1647 are included under the topic Early Houker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Houker Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Houker family name include Hooker, Hookers and others.
Early Notables of the Houker family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Richard Hooker (1554?-1600) was a noted English theologian who wrote "The Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity"; and Rev. Thomas Hooker (1586-1647), a prominent Puritan colonial leader who... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Houker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Houker family to Ireland
Some of the Houker family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Houker family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Houker surname or a spelling variation of the name include : John Hooker and his son settled in Barbados in 1678; Joanna, John, Mary, Robert, Samuel, Sarah, Susannah, and Thomas Hooker settled in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1633.