Anglo-Saxons ruled over the region. The name is assumed to have been given to someone who was a person who was a locksmith. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational names have remained fairly common in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith, and wright.
"It is interesting to notice that while Lockyer has predominated over Locksmith in our personal nomenclature, yet locksmith has nearly ousted lockyer as an occupative term." CITATION[CLOSE]
Early Origins of the Loker family
Somerset, where Kirby's Quest listed some of the first entries for the family: Nicholas le Lokyere; and Lucas le Lokier as both residing there, 1 Edward III (during the first year of Edward III's reign.) CITATION[CLOSE]
Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print. And this tradition continued through the years as the Register of the University of Oxford lists William Lokier from Somerset in 1604. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
London had early records for the family too as the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Henry le Lockier there at that time. CITATION[CLOSE]
Early History of the Loker family
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Loker Spelling Variations
hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Loker has been spelled many different ways, including Lockyer, Lockyers, Lockier, Lokier, Locker, Lockweer and many more.
Early Notables of the Loker family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Loker family to Ireland
Some of the Loker family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Loker family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Lokers to arrive in North America:
Loker Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Loker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
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