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Early Origins of the Luker family

The surname Luker was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when John Luker of Exmoor held estates.

Early History of the Luker family

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Luker Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Luker, Lukar, Looker, Lookar and others.

Early Notables of the Luker family (pre 1700)

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Luker Ranking

In the United States, the name Luker is the 5,027th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Luker family to Ireland

Some of the Luker family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Luker migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Luker Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Luker, who arrived in New England in 1643 [2]
  • John Luker, who landed in New England in 1646 [2]
Luker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Luker, aged 35, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1868 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Luker (post 1700) +

  • Kristin Luker, American Elizabeth Josselyn Boalt Professor of Law in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program and Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Ralph E. Luker (1940-2015), American historian, teacher, and author
  • Rebecca Luker (b. 1961), American three-time Tony award and two-time Drama Desk Award nominated actress, singer, and recording artist
  • Lynn M. Luker (b. 1953), American politician, Member of the Idaho House of Representatives (2006-)
  • Kelan Luker (b. 1980), American former all state quarterback for the Stephenville, Texas Yellow Jackets
  • R. A. Luker, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1944 [3]
  • George Lewis Luker (1841-1901), English watercolour landscape painter and architect
  • Joseph Luker (1765-1803), English convict from Middlesex, England sent to Australia aboard the Atlantis in 1791, as part of the Third Fleet; he was declared a freeman in 1796 and became a Sydney foot police officer; he was the first police officer to be killed on duty in Australia, his name appears on the National Police Memorial at King's Park, Canberra
  • Air Vice-Marshal Paul Douglas Luker CB, OBE, AFC, DL,, British Royal Air Force officer, Commander, Joint Helicopter Command (2002-2005)

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Francis John Luker, English 3rd Class passenger returning from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada going to England to enlist, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and survived the sinking by escaping on life boat 11 then 15 [4]

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 13) . Retrieved from
  4. Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from on Facebook