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THACKER Family HistoryRecorded as Thacker, Thecker and Thaker, this is an English medieval surname. It is occupational, and it is said, is mainly to be found in the West Midlands. It derives from the same root as the more usual surname Thatcher, that is from the word "thack", meaning thatch, and itself a development of the pre 7th century Norse-Viking "thak", with the agent suffix "-er", taken to mean "one who does or works with". Among the craftsmen who walked in procession in the medieval York mystery plays were the Tille-thekers, men who covered roofs with tiles, whilst Thomas Ledtheker is recorded as a freeman of the city of York in the year 1305.
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