Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a person who worked as the thatcher. This surname was a derivative of the Old English word paeccan which literally meant to cover. The meaning later changed and referred to the task of thatching roofs.
Early Origins of the Thackster family
Essex where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Thackster family
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Thackster Spelling Variations
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 Thackster include Thatcher, Thacker, Thaxter and others.
Early Notables of the Thackster family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Thackster family to Ireland
Some of the Thackster family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Thackster family to the New World and Oceana
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 Thackster were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Francis Thatcher, who settled in Barbados in 1678 with his wife Mary and son Samuel; Joe and Mary Thatcher, who settled in Virginia in 1635; Sylvester Thatcher, who settled in Virginia in 1635.
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