Okeart History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The origins of the name Okeart are with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the Old French personal names Achart and Aquart. Achard was a personal name in the Domesday Book of 1086. 
Early Origins of the Okeart family
The surname Okeart was first found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 where Henry Achard, Huntingdonshire; and Richard Achard, Yorkshire were listed. Later the Yoprkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Johannes Hachet, Mergareta Hachet, and Robertus Achard. 
Early History of the Okeart family
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Okeart Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few 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. Okeart has been spelled many different ways, including Hatchard, Hachard, Atchard, Achard and others.
Early Notables of the Okeart family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include John Eachard (1636?-1697), an English divine and satirist from Suffolk, twice Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University (in 1679 and 1695.)
"He governed his college with the utmost care and fidelity, and to the general satisfaction of the whole university. He procured many donations...
Migration of the Okeart family
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 Okearts to arrive in North America: P. Achard, who sailed to Louisiana in 1719; Michael and Joseph Achard, who came to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1796; and A. Achard, who arrived in San Francisco, Cal. in 1850..