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Ellerker Coat of Arms / Ellerker Family Crest

Ellerker Coat of Arms / Ellerker Family Crest

The surname of ELLERKER was a locational name 'the dweller at the low lying land'. There is a township so called in the parish of Brantingham in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Local surnames, by far the largest group, derived from a place name where the man held land or from the place from which he had come, or where he actually lived. These local surnames were originally preceded by a preposition such as "de", "atte", "by" or "in". The names may derive from a manor held, from working in a religious dwelling or from literally living by a wood or marsh or by a stream. Following the Crusades in Europe a need was felt for a family name. This was recognized by those of noble blood, who realised the prestige and practical advantage it would add to their status. Early records of the name mention John de Ellerker, 1273, County Yorkshire. William Ellerker was buried at St. Mary, Aldermary, London in the year 1593. Baptised. Frances Eliker at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1678. The names introduced into Britain by the Normans during and in the wake of the Invasion of 1066, are nearly all territorial in origin. The followers of William the Conqueror were a pretty mixed lot, and while some of them brought the names of their castles and villages in Normandy with them, many were adventurers of different nationalities attached to William's standard by the hope of plunder, and possessing no family or territorial names of their own. Those of them who acquired lands in England were called by their manors, while others took the name of the offices they held or the military titles given to them, and sometimes, a younger son of a Norman landowner, on receiving a grant of land in his new home dropped his paternal name and adopted that of his newly acquired property.

The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory.


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