The ancestors of the Lineker family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Cheshire
was an English topographic name for someone who lived near a field where flax was grown for the manufacture of linen cloth. It derives from the Old English word lin,
and the word aecer,
meaning cultivated field. Individual cases of the surname may be derived directly from this source, or second-hand from the towns of Linacre
and Cambridge, both of which get their names from this source.
Early Origins of the Lineker family
The surname Lineker was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Linacra in 1086. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, the family name is conjecturally descended from Godwin de Linacra, a Norman Baron, as noted in 1086. However, it is likely that soon after, they gave their name to Linacre across the River Mersey from Meols, now a suburb of Liverpool and in the parish of Walton on the Hill.
Early History of the Lineker family
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Lineker Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Lineker were recorded, including Linacre, Linaker, Leneker, Linneker, Liniker, Linnecar, Linnecor, Linegar, Linnegar, Lineker, Lynaker, Lynacre, Lynneker, Lenniker and many more.
Early Notables of the Lineker family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Linacre (c1460-1524) humanist and physician who was born in Canterbury. Eramus and Sir Thomas More were taught Greek by him and about 1500... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lineker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Lineker family to Ireland
Some of the Lineker family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
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Migration of the Lineker family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Lineker arrived in North America very early:
Lineker Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Alma E. Lineker, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Nottingham, in 1904
- Nellie Lineker, aged 11, who emigrated to America from Nottingham, in 1904
- Harry Lineker, aged 41, who landed in America from Nottingham, in 1905
- Sidney Geo. Hy. Lineker, aged 4, who landed in America from London, England, in 1910
- Alice M. L. Lineker, aged 6, who landed in America from London, England, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Lineker (post 1700)
- Gary Winston Lineker OBE (b. 1960), former English footballer
- Matthew Steven "Matt" Lineker (b. 1985), English first class cricketer
- John Lineker (b. 1990), Brazilian mixed martial artist
- Danielle Maria Lineker (b. 1979), Welsh model, television personality, and actress