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Theekers Coat of Arms / Theekers Family Crest

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 flowing and draped garment worn over the armour. The surname of THEEKERS was an occupational name, a derivative of an Old English word paeccan meaning 'to cover' and later it was used as a name meaning 'to thatch' roofs. Ocupational 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 Paecham (without surname) recorded in County Berkshire in the year 970.The name was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Taceham, and recorded in the year 1167 as Thacham. Reginald le Thechare of the County of Oxford, was documented in 1273.John le Thacchere, was recorded in Subsidy Rolls in County Worcestershire, 1275. John Thatcher, was documented in the Subsidy Rolls, Derbyshire, 1327 Robert Thatcher of County Oxford, registered at Oxford University in the year 1591, and William Thatcher of County Sussex, was recorded there in 1598.

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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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