Tuckey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Tuckey comes from one of the family having 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 Tuckey was a nickname surname given to a courageous person.

Early Origins of the Tuckey family

The surname Tuckey 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 Tuckey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tuckey 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 Tuckey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tuckey Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Tuckey have been found, including: Tucker, Tooker, Toker, Tokker and others.

Early Notables of the Tuckey 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...
Another 62 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tuckey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Tuckey family to Ireland

Some of the Tuckey 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 Tuckey migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Tuckey, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Tuckey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Tuckey, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [5]
  • Joshua Tuckey, who arrived in New England in 1717 [5]

Australia Tuckey migration to Australia +

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

Tuckey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Tuckey a seaman, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Rapid" in 1836 [6]

New Zealand Tuckey 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:

Tuckey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Arthur Tuckey, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th October 1868 [7]
  • Mr. Claude Tuckey, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th October 1868 [7]
  • Mr. George Tuckey, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th October 1868 [7]
  • Mr. Henry Tuckey, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th October 1868 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tuckey (post 1700) +

  • William Tuckey (1708-1781), English-born, American composer, choir master and organist; he debuted Handel's Messiah in the Americas for the first time in 1770
  • Tom Tuckey (1884-1950), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Boston Doves in 1908 and 1909
  • Richard James Kenneth "Dick" Tuckey (1913-1974), American football running back for the Cleveland Rams (1938) and the Washington Redskins (1938)
  • Raymond Tuckey (1910-2005), English tennis player, son of Agnes Tuckey
  • Agnes Katherine Raymond Tuckey (1877-1972), English tennis player, co-winner of the first Wimbledon mixed doubles in 1913, mother of Raymond Tuckey
  • James Kingston Tuckey (1776-1816), Irish-born, British explorer and Royal Navy captain, known for his exploration of the River Congo in 1816 [8]
  • Charles Wilson "Ironbar" Tuckey (b. 1935), Australian politician, Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government (2001-2003)
  • Hobart Tuckey (1884-1951), Australian politician, Member of the Legislative Council of Western Australia (1934-1951)
  • C Tuckey, Australian footballer and rugby player who played for the Eastern Suburbs club in 1924
  • Brent Tuckey (b. 1979), Australian footballer who played for Collingwood and West Coast (1998-2002)


  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAPID 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Rapid.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 Jan. 2019


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