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The history of the Wacker family name begins in the German province of Bavaria. Wacker is a nickname surname, a class of German names derived from eke-names, or added names, that described people by a personal characteristic or other attribute. Wacker is a name for a person who was watchful.

Wacker Early Origins



The surname Wacker was first found in Bavaria and Wuerttemberg, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

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Wacker Spelling Variations


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Wacker Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Wacker include Wacker, Wackerl (Bavaria), Wackert, Waeckerle and many more.

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Wacker Early History


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Wacker Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wacker research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1632, 1695 and 1792 are included under the topic Early Wacker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wacker Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wacker Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wacker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Wacker or a variant listed above:

Wacker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Andreas Wacker, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1738
  • Bernhart Wacker came to Philadelphia in 1749
  • Geo Wacker, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Jacob Wacker came to Maryland in 1765
  • Johann Wacker, who landed in America in 1783

Wacker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Wacker, aged 18, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • John Wacker settled along the Mississippi at the age of 40 in 1820
  • Anton Wacker, aged 49, landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1846
  • Christian Adam Wacker, who landed in America in 1853
  • Ludwig Wacker, who landed in New York, NY in 1853
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wacker Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Wacker arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Princess Helena" in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wacker (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wacker (post 1700)



  • Fred Wacker (1918-1998), American racing driver
  • Jim Wacker (1937-2003), American football college head coach
  • Charles Henry Wacker (1856-1929), American businessman and philanthropist
  • Otto Wacker (1898-1970), German art dealer
  • Alfred Wacker (b. 1918), Swiss Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe (1973-83)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    2. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    3. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    4. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    5. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    11. ...

    The Wacker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wacker Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 7 June 2016 at 23:04.

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