Thacker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Thacker family

The surname Thacker was first found in Staffordshire where they held a family seat. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1199 when Walter Theaker held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Thacker family

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Thacker Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Thicker, Theaker, Thacker, Thaker, Thecker, Thick, Thicke, Thike, Thicks, Thake, Thackway and many more.

Early Notables of the Thacker family (pre 1700)

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Thacker Ranking

In the United States, the name Thacker is the 1,587th most popular surname with an estimated 19,896 people with that name. [1]


United States Thacker migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Thacker Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Hen Thacker, who arrived in Virginia in 1642 [2]
  • John Thacker, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [2]
  • Silvester Thacker, who settled in Virginia in 1650 with his wife
  • Henry Thacker, who landed in Virginia in 1651 [2]
  • Edmond Thacker, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Thacker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Will Thacker, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [2]

Canada Thacker migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Thacker Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • A Thacker, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Australia Thacker migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Thacker Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Thacker, English convict who was convicted in Derbyshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Canada" on 23rd April 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • William Thacker, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Richard Thacker, British Convict who was convicted in Warwickshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Asia" on 25th April 1840, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Emma Thacker, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Trafalgar" [6]
  • Charles Thacker, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cromwell" in 1849 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Thacker 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:

Thacker Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Emily Thacker, aged 14, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Readman" in 1872
  • Clara Thacker, aged 12, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Readman" in 1872
  • Miss Emily Thacker, (b. 1858), aged 14, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Jessie Readman" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 14th December 1872 [8]
  • Miss Clara Thacker, (b. 1860), aged 12, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Jessie Readman" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 14th December 1872 [8]
  • Annie Thacker, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Thacker migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [9]
Thacker Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • John Thacker, who settled in Jamaica in 1686

Contemporary Notables of the name Thacker (post 1700) +

  • Charles P. "Chuck" Thacker (b. 1943), American technical fellow and computer pioneer
  • First Lieutenant Brian Miles Thacker (b. 1945), American Army officer and a recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Colonel Robert E. Thacker (b. 1918), American retired test pilot, a lifelong model aircraft enthusiast and designer
  • Henry Thomas Joynt Thacker (1870-1939), New Zealand Member of Parliament and Mayor of Christchurch
  • Major-General Herbert Cyril Thacker CB, CMG, DSO (1870-1953), Canadian soldier and Chief of the General Staff heading he Canadian Army from 1927 until 1929
  • Blaine Allen Thacker (b. 1941), Canadian Member of Parliament in the Lethbridge from 1979 to 1993
  • Herbert Thacker Herr (1876-1933), American engineer and inventor

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. G.M Thacker, British Chief Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [10]
  • Mr. Arthur T Thacker, British Chief Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [10]


Suggested Readings for the name Thacker +

  • Thomas Thacher, 1620-1678, Boston Branch, Progenitors and Descendants by Elwood James Thacher.

  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/canada
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1840
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The TRAFALGAR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Trafalgar.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CROMWELL 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Cromwell.htm
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  10. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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