The surname of THACKER was of the occupational group of surnames 'the thacker' a thatcher of roofs. 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. Early records of the name mention William le Thekere, 1273, County Norfolk. William Thakere of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379.
This is an ancient Yorkshire name, recorded in the area of Knaresborough Forest in the 14th century. Its forms included Thakras and Thakwras. Probably the most famous bearer of the name was the novelist William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-63), author of Vanity Fair (1848). His given names commemorated an ancestor, William Makepeace, a Protestant martyr in the reign of Mary Tudor.
At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour.
The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered at the Ulster Office. Granted in the year of 1658.
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