Tucker family page
James Giles and his wife Alice, nee Tucker
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Origins of surname
This was an occupational surname for a 'fuller', a cloth-softener, also known as a 'walker'. Tucker was the usual term in the south-west of England, Walker in the west and north, and Fuller in the south-east and east Anglia. The derivation is from the old English verb tucian, meaning 'to torment', referring to the softening of the cloth by beating and tramping on it in water.
A second possible origin is from a French nickname tout-coeur meaning all heart, and given to a brave or generous person, or perhaps given the sardonic humour of the period, the reverse.
The name first appears in Jersey church records in the St Helier baptism records of 1823 and there was a steady flow of baptisms from then through to the end of the century and beyond.
Great War service
These wills created by members of the Tucker family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1978, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Thomas Tucker of Adela Villa, Portland Road, St Helier, Lieutenant on half pay of Her Majesty's 84th Regiment of Foot 5 June 1852 - D/Y/A/27
- William Tucker, formerly of Nova Scotia, now of Jersey, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier, 10s, and to William Miller, Lieutenant in HM Royal Navy, a lot of land No 11 in Colchester, Nova Scotia 30 March 1825 - D/Y/A/20
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