Ocker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

This surname was derived from the Saxon name "Acca"

Early Origins of the Ocker family

The surname Ocker was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from early times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Ocker family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ocker research. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ocker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ocker Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Ocker have been found, including Acker, Ackers, Ackhurst, Ackerson, Acaster, Ackaster, Akaster, Akester and many more.

Early Notables of the Ocker family (pre 1700)

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United States Ocker migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Ocker, or a variant listed above:

Ocker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johann Michael Ocker, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]
  • Christian Ocker, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 [1]
Ocker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Ocker, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1846 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ocker (post 1700) +

  • Christopher Ocker, American Medievalist and historian and currently professor of history at San Francisco Theological Seminary
  • Colonel William Charles Ocker (1880-1942), American aviation pioneer, known as the "Father of Instrument Flying," posthumously awarded the Legion of Merit in 1955

The Ocker Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: La liberte
Motto Translation: Liberty.

  1. ^ 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)

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