The origins of the Anglo-Saxon
name Roker come from its first bearer, who was a person who because of their physical characteristics was known as a rook.
A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname
surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. In this case the surname refers to those individuals who have black hair
or dark complexions.
Early Origins of the Roker family
The surname Roker was first found in Oxfordshire
where Geoffrey le Roke, William le Ruk and Adam le Roc were all listed in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273. A few years later during the rule of King Edward III (1312-1377), Richard le Rouke and Hugh le Rook were listed as holding lands in Somerset
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Roker family
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Roker 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. Roker has been spelled many different ways, including Rook, Rooke, Rookes, Rooks, Roke and others.
Early Notables of the Roker family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Roker 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 Rokers to arrive in North America:
Roker Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Arthur Roker, aged 20, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Roker (post 1700)
- Granville William "Mickey" Roker (1932-2017), American jazz drummer
The Roker 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: Efflorescent cornices dum micat sol
Motto Translation: Rooks will flourish while the sun shines.