The name Touker is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name was given to a person who was a fuller, whose job it was to scour and thicken raw cloth by beating it and trampling it in water having derived from the Old English word tucian,
which originally meant to torment
and later gained the meaning to tuck
or to full. CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
Occasionally, the name Touker was a nickname
surname given to a courageous person.
Early Origins of the Touker family
The surname Touker was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Touker family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Touker research.Another 243 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1741, 1565, 1623, 1601, 1614, 1592, 1664, 1654, 1664, 1625 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Touker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Touker Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Touker family name include Tucker, Tooker, Toker, Tokker and others.
Early Notables of the Touker family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Admiral Thomas Tucker; Giles Tooker (c 1565-1623), an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1601 and 1614; Edward Tooker (c.
1592-1664), an... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Touker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Touker family to Ireland
Some of the Touker family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Touker family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Touker or a variant listed above: John and Richard Tucker who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1676; they were from Teignmouth in Devon
, along with many more settlers in Newfoundland.