The saga of the name Towker follows a line reaching back through history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes in Britain. It was a name for someone who worked as 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 Towker was a nickname
surname given to a courageous person.
Early Origins of the Towker family
The surname Towker was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Towker family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Towker 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 Towker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Towker Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Towker were recorded, including Tucker, Tooker, Toker, Tokker and others.
Early Notables of the Towker 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 Towker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Towker family to Ireland
Some of the Towker 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 Towker family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Towker family emigrate to North America: 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.