Tucker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Tucker is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The Tucker family took the name when one of its members 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. [1] Occasionally, the name Tucker was a nickname surname given to a courageous person.

Early Origins of the Tucker family

The surname Tucker was first found in Devon. "Tucker is a very characteristic west of England name. Its great home is in Devonshire, and it is especially numerous in the Barnstaple district. It is also found in numbers in Somerset, and occurs too, but much less frequently, in Cornwall, Dorset, Hants, and Wilts. Tucker was the west of England name for a fuller. " [2]

As to agree with aforementioned, another source notes: "Tucker is still a great West country surname, being very strongly represented in Devon, Wiltshire, and Dorset. " [3]

The earliest record found for the family was Roger le Tukere, who was listed in the Hundredorum, Rolls for Dorset in 1273. [3]

Early History of the Tucker family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tucker research. Another 122 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1741, 1558, 1621, 1557, 1558, 1590, 1601, 1565, 1623, 1601, 1614, 1592, 1664, 1654, 1664, 1625, 1676 and 1664 are included under the topic Early Tucker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tucker Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Tucker, Tooker, Toker, Tokker and others.

Early Notables of the Tucker family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include William Tucker or Tooker (1558?-1621), English divine, born at Exeter in 1557 or 1558, the third son of William Tooker of that town. In 1590 he became rector of Clovelly in Devonshire, but resigned the charge in 1601. [4] Giles Tooker (c 1565-1623), was an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons...
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Ireland Migration of the Tucker family to Ireland

Some of the Tucker family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Tucker migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tucker Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Tucker explored the rivers of Maine in 1602
  • Daniel Tucker, who settled in Virginia in 1607
  • Daniel Tucker, who landed in Virginia in 1608 [5]
  • William Tucker, (1589?–1640?), English colonist who sailed aboard the Mary and James and settled in Virginia in 1610; he was one of the first subscribers to the Virginia Company [6]
  • William Tucker, who settled in Maine in 1621
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Tucker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Elizabeth Tucker, who arrived in Carolina in 1724 [5]
  • Charlotte Tucker, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [5]
Tucker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francis Tucker, aged 37, who landed in Alexandria, Va in 1801 [5]
  • Sally E Tucker, aged 10, who landed in Alexandria, Va in 1801 [5]
  • Maria D Tucker, aged 12, who arrived in Alexandria, Va in 1801 [5]
  • James Henry Tucker, aged 21, who arrived in Alexandria, Va in 1801 [5]
  • Richard Tucker, who arrived in America in 1807 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Tucker migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tucker Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • John and Richard Tucker, from Teignmouth in Devon, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1676 [7]
Tucker Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Freelove Tucker, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Henry Tucker, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Solomon Tucker, who arrived in New Brunswick in 1783
  • Mr. James Tucker U.E. who settled in Bell Vue, Beaver Harbor, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [8]
  • Mr. Solomon Tucker U.E. born in Stamford, Connecticut, USA who settled in Kings County, New Brunswick c. 1783 passenger aboard the Union Transport, was a Weaver [8]
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Tucker Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Timothy Tucker, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
  • Mr. Honors Tucker, aged 27 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Avon" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [9]
  • Mr. Joseph Tucker who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Larch" departing from the port of Sligo, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in 1847 [9]
  • Miss. Ann Tucker who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Larch" departing 11th July 1847 from Sligo, Ireland; the ship arrived on 20th August 1847 but she died on board [10]
  • Mr. Patrick Tucker, aged 35 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Larch" departing 11th July 1847 from Sligo, Ireland; the ship arrived on 20th August 1847 but he died on board [10]

Australia Tucker migration to Australia +

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

Tucker Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Tucker, English convict who was convicted in York, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asiatic" on 5th June 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [11]
  • Thomas Tucker, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [12]
  • James Tucker, a tyler, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mr. William Tucker, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 27th September 1834, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [13]
  • Mr. Thomas Tucker, (b. 1811), aged 26, English convict who was convicted in Somerset, England for life for stealing, transported aboard the "Blenheim" on 11th March 1837, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [14]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Tucker 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:

Tucker Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Josias Tucker, aged 36, a blacksmith, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • William H. Tucker, aged 8, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • Eliza Ann Tucker, aged 6, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • Samuel J. Tucker, aged 3, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • Josias Tucker, aged 1, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Tucker (post 1700) +

  • James D. Tucker (1932-2020), American professional basketball player
  • Jerry Tucker (1925-2016), born Jerome Harold Schatz, an American child actor, best known for his role as the "rich kid" in the Our Gang
  • Larry Alan Tucker (1935-2016), American politician, President of the Senate of West Virginia in 1989
  • Cynthia Tucker (b. 1955), American reporter who won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary and also a Pulitzer-nominated finalist in 2004 and 2006
  • Tommy Tucker (1933-1982), American blues singer-songwriter and pianist
  • Tanya Denise Tucker (b. 1958), award-winning American country singer
  • Scott Tucker (b. 1976), American Olympic swimmer
  • Forrest Tucker (1919-1986), American actor in both movies and television
  • Eddie Jack Tucker (b. 1966), American former Major League Baseball player
  • Walter Rayford Tucker III (b. 1957), American politician
  • ... (Another 159 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. Thomas N Tucker (b. 1961), American Private from Goldon, Colorado, USA who died in the crash [15]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Walter  Tucker (1894-1917), Canadian Horseman aboard the SS Curaca from Montreal, Quebec, Canada who died in the explosion [16]
HMS Dorsetshire
  • Ronald Charles Tucker (d. 1945), British Leading Stoker aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [17]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Leslie Tucker (b. 1913), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Penge, London, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [18]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. James Tucker, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [19]
  • Mr. Reginald John Tucker, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [19]
  • Mr. Mervyn Richard Tucker, British Leading Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales May 1941 and died at the battle of Denmark Strait, before the sinking of the HMS Prince of Wales [19]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Kenneth Tucker, British Leading Cook, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [20]
  • Mr. Sidney Victor Tucker, British Engine Room Artificer 4th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [20]
  • Mr. Ernest John Tucker, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [20]
  • Mr. William Henry Tucker, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [20]
  • Mr. Gerald G Tucker, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [20]
  • ... (Another 1 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Albert Tucker, Canadian 3rd Class passenger from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [21]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Gilbert Milligan Tucker Jr., aged 31, American First Class passenger from Albany, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 7 [22]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Edward D. Tucker, American Boatswain's Mate Second Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [23]
  • Mr. Raymond Edward Tucker, American Coxswain from Indiana, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [23]


Suggested Readings for the name Tucker +

  • 129 Descendants of Arthur Massey, Cheraws District, South Carolina, 1769, with Allied Lines of Thurman and Tucker by Carmae Massey Smith, The Descendants of William Tucker of Throwleigh, Devon by Robert Dennard Tucker, Genealogy & Ancestry of Descendants of Tom & Martha Clark: also the Families of Young, Tucker & Stalnaker by W.S. Ross.

  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Tucker,_William_(DNB00)
  7. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  8. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  9. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 58)
  10. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 97)
  11. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  12. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  13. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bengal-merchant
  14. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blenheim
  15. ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550
  16. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  17. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  18. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  19. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  20. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  21. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  22. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  23. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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