This surname BICKERS was of two-fold origin, firstly it was a locational name 'of Bicker' a spot in County Lincolnshire. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. It was also an occupational name for a bee-keeper. Bees were important in medieval England because their honey provided the only means of sweetening food, and was also useful in preserving. Occupational surnames originally denoted the actual occupation followed by the individual. At what period they became hereditary is a difficult problem. Many of the occupation names were descriptive and could be varied. In the Middle Ages, at least among the Christian population, people did not usually pursue specialized occupations exclusively to the extent that we do today, and they would, in fact, turn their hand to any form of work that needed to be done, particularly in a large house or mansion, or on farms and smallholdings. In early documents, surnames often refer to the actual holder of an office, whether the church or state. The earliest hereditary surnames in England are found shortly after the Norman Conquest of 1066 and are of Norman French origin rather than native English. On the arrival of the Normans they identified themselves by references to the estates from which they came in northern France. These names moved rapidly on with their bearers into Scotland and Ireland. Others of the Norman Invaders took names from the estates in England which they had newly acquired.
Early records of the name mention Robert le Biker who was documented in the year 1176 in County Lincoln and Reginald le Bikere, was recorded in 1207 in the County of Suffolk. Henricus Bickerdyek, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. John Bickers was documented in County Yorkshire in the year of 1721.
The name has many variant spellings which include Bikers, Biggers and Bike.
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