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The surname Tasker comes from the Middle English "taske" from the Latin "taxare" meaning "to appraise." Like most Latin based words in English, it was introduced by the Normans. It came to be used as a surname to denote an appraiser, and later it came to mean one who performed a specific task, like threshing or reaping. Another source claims the word "tasker" was given to a labourer who received his wages in kind for a certain task and yet another claims the name was a trade name for a thrasher or a reaper. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


Tasker Early Origins



The surname Tasker was first found in Essex, where Taske appears in records of 1185. John le Tasker was listed in the Assize Rolls of Northumberland in 1279 and in the same year, Benedict le Taskur was listed in the Rotuli Hundredorum. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

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Tasker Spelling Variations


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Tasker Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Taske, Tasker, Taskur, Task and others.

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Tasker Early History


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Tasker Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tasker research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1279, 1307, 1379, 1690, 1768, 1752 and 1753 are included under the topic Early Tasker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tasker Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tasker Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tasker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Tasker or a variant listed above:

Tasker Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Dinah Tasker, who immigrated to Barbados in 1659
  • Thomas Tasker, who was sent to a plantation in Virginia in 1668
  • Thomas Tasker and John Tasker, who settled in Maryland in 1673 and 1674
  • Thomas Tasker, who arrived in Maryland in 1673
  • Robert Tasker, aged 21, landed in Pennsylvania in 1684

Tasker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • David and George Tasker, who arrived in Maryland as bonded immigrants in 1735 and 1740
  • Johannes Tasker, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • William Tasker, who arrived in America as a convict from England in 1750

Tasker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Tasker, who came to America as an immigrant in bondage
  • J F Tasker, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • John Tasker, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850

Tasker Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Tasker, aged 26, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1845 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ISABELLA WATSON 1845. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1845IsabellaWatson.htm
  • Thomas Tasker arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABBERTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Abberton.htm
  • Elizabeth Tasker arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABBERTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Abberton.htm
  • Emily Tasker arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABBERTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Abberton.htm
  • Henry Buckton Tasker arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABBERTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Abberton.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Tasker Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Tasker, aged 33, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • Jane Tasker, aged 36, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • Harry Tasker, aged 1, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873

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Contemporary Notables of the name Tasker (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Tasker (post 1700)



  • Steven Jay Tasker (b. 1962), American broadcaster for CBS Sports, former NFL wide receiver
  • Joshua Wilder Tasker (1887-1974), American college football, basketball, and baseball coach
  • Benjamin Tasker Sr. (1690-1768), American politician, the 21st Proprietary Governor of Maryland (1752 to 1753)
  • William R. Tasker, American Democrat politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Marshall County, 1940
  • John C. Tasker, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 22nd District, 1893-94
  • Benjamin Tasker (1690-1768), American politician, Mayor of Annapolis, Maryland, 1721-22, 1726-27, 1750-53, 1754-55, 1756-57
  • Jill Tasker (b. 1967), American actress
  • Yvonne Tasker, American author
  • Steven Jay Tasker (b. 1962), American football wide receiver
  • John Tasker (1887-1975), English amateur first-class cricketer
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ISABELLA WATSON 1845. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1845IsabellaWatson.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABBERTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Abberton.htm

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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The Tasker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tasker Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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