This name is derived from the Middle English phrase "at asche," meaning at, or near the ash tree.
Early Origins of the Teacher family
The surname Teacher was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086. They are believed to be of the same line as the Tascher of Normandy
who were elevated to the nobility in 1667 in Normandy.
Early History of the Teacher family
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Teacher Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Teacher were recorded, including Tash, Tache, Taque, Tashe, Tacheau, Tassh and others.
Early Notables of the Teacher family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Teacher family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Teacher arrived in North America very early:
Teacher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Fred Teacher, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1897
Teacher Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- John H. Teacher, aged 37, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1906
- Rachel M. Teacher, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, in 1906
- George Hy Teacher, aged 26, who emigrated to America from Keighley Kent, England, in 1907
- Albert Robert Teacher, aged 1, who settled in America from Spalding, England, in 1907
- Edith Beatrice C. V. Teacher, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Spalding, England, in 1907