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  • 1st wife of John Tucker (c.1616 - 1644)
    The name of John Tucker's wife, and the mother of his children is unknown. She married John Tucker by 1636, and on 23 May 1644 "John Tucker's wife died" at Hingham.Children * John, m. Elizabeth Hobart,...
  • Abigail Riggs (c.1697 - 1733)
    Abigail Tucker* Birth: July 15 1697 - Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United States* Parents: John Tucker, Sarah Riggs* Husband: Jabez Hunter* Husband: John Riggs* Children: William Hunter, John Hunt...
  • Abraham Tucker, Jr. (1718 - d.)
  • Abraham Tucker (1729 - 1797)

About the Tucker surname

The Tucker surname probably has Saxon roots. The Saxons were a North Germanic people living in what is now northwestern Germany and the northeastern Netherlands.

The name was spelled Tucker or Tooker in England and comes from the Old English, pre-7th Century verb tucian, meaning "to torment." It would have referred to a fuller, also known as a walker: one who softened freshly-woven cloth by beating and tramping it in water.

The word tucker is also assumed to be related to the German tucher,'which means "towel-maker." In the 15th Century the bulk of the German cotton trade was in the hands of the Tucker family in Nurnberg where Tucher Castle still stands.

In Old Duch the word tuchwas often used as a verb meaning "to tug sharply." Over the centuries the Dutch form of the surname has been spelled both Tucker as well as Tukker.

Tucker can also be an Anglicized form of the Irish surname O'Tuachair, meaning the male descendant of a brave one. Variants include Toher, Togher, and Tougher.