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Ockerman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Origins Available: Dutch, English

The family name Ockerman is one of the oldest Anglo-Saxon names of Britain. It was originally a name for a person who worked as a ploughman, a tiller of the soil, or a farmer. The name Ockerman was originally derived from the Old German word Akermann, which literally means acreman.

Early Origins of the Ockerman family

The surname Ockerman was first found in Dorset where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor, some say before the Norman Conquest by Duke William in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Ockerman family

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Ockerman Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Ockerman include Akerman, Acreman, Ackerman, Akarman, Acherman and many more.

Early Notables of the Ockerman family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Ockerman family to the New World and Oceana

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Thomas Ackerman who settled in Virginia in 1653; Carl Ackerman who landed in Canada in 1783; Adam, Charles, David, Francis, George, Jacob, Joseph, Paul, Philip, Stephen, Robert and William Ackerman, all landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1738 and 1867.

Contemporary Notables of the name Ockerman (post 1700)

  • Harry N. Ockerman (1902-1979), American football, basketball, and baseball player and coach at Bowling Green State University (1935 to 1940)
  • Dale Ockerman, American keyboardist, guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work with the Doobie Brothers

The Ockerman 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 Translation: Victory in Truth.

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