Secker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Secker family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from the baptismal name for the son of Sigar which was an Old English personal name. One source claims the name was Norman in origin from Segre in Anjou. [1]

Early Origins of the Secker family

The surname Secker was first found in Devon, where the name was first listed as Sagar and Segarus in the Domesday Book of 1086. [2] Later, Galfridus filius Seger was listed in 1222, again in Devon. Over in Dorset, Walter Sagar was listed there in the Pipe Rolls of 1195. John Seger was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 in Norfolk. [3] The same source lists: Henry filius Sigar in Cambridgeshire; and William Siger in Norfolk. [4]

Kirby's Quest lists John Seger in Somerset, 1 Edward III (in the first year of Edward III's reign.) [5]

Early History of the Secker family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Secker research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1633, 1549, 1563, 1557, 1564, 1633, 1693, 1768, 1681, 1667 and 1681 are included under the topic Early Secker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Secker Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Secker include Segar, Seeger, Seegar, Sigar, Sugar, Seager, Sager, Saker, Sakar and many more.

Early Notables of the Secker family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Francis Segar or Seagar (fl. 1549-1563), an English translator and poet, "whose name, variously spelt, is that of an old Devonshire family, was probably the 'Francis Nycholson, alias Seagar,' who was made free of the Stationers' Company on 24 Sept. 1557. [6] Sir William Segar (c.1564-1633), was an English portrait painter and Garter King-of-Arms to the court...
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United States Secker migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Secker were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Secker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George H. Secker, aged 15, who immigrated to the United States, in 1894
Secker Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Annie Secker, aged 24, who landed in America from Plymouth, England, in 1907
  • Annie May Secker, aged 1, who settled in America from Plymouth, England, in 1907
  • Charles Wm. Secker, aged 4, who immigrated to the United States from Plymouth, England, in 1907
  • Walter E. Secker, aged 36, who landed in America from Ingleside, England, in 1908
  • Wolf Secker, aged 11, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1909
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New Zealand Secker migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Secker Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Dinah Secker, aged 23, a dairymaid, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "George Fyfe" in 1842

Contemporary Notables of the name Secker (post 1700) +

  • William Secker, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Connecticut, 1932; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Connecticut 3rd District, 1934 [7]
  • Theodore A. Secker, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 13th District, 1938 [7]
  • Mr. Adrian Mark Secker B.E.M., British Constable for Avon and Somerset Constabulary, was appointed Medallist of the British Empire Medal 29th December 2018 for services to Policing and the community in Bath [8]
  • Kathy Secker (1945-2015), British broadcaster, best known for her work at Tyne Tees Television and BBC Radio Newcastle
  • Patrick Damien Secker (b. 1956), Australian politician
  • Martin Secker (1882-1978), born Percy Martin Secker Klingender, London publisher who first published the works of D. H. Lawrence, Thomas Mann, Norman Douglas, and Henry James

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  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  6. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from
  8. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook