Last name: Sucre

Recorded as Sugar in England, Sucre in France and Spain, Zucker in Germany, this most interesting surname has two possible origins. Firstly, it may be of Anglo-Saxon and Germanic pre 7th century origins and a metonymic occupational name for a dealer in sugar or a confectioner. This is from the pre 7th centurty word 'zucker' meaning sugar. This is the origin for the German names Zuker, Tzuker and Zukerman amongst others. Secondly the name inb all countries may also be of Germanic origin, from the early personal name "Sigiheri" in English "Saher", and composed of the elements "sigi-", meaning victory, and "-heri", an army; or from the Olde English personal name "Saehere", from "sae-", meaning sea, and again "- heri", army. Early examples of recordings include the christening of Elizabeth, the daughter of Thomas Sugar, on September 11th 1573, at St. Stephen Walbrook; in the city of London, whilst Antonio Jose de Sucre (1793 - 1830), born in Venezuela, was in 1826 elected the first president of Bolivia, which he had freed from Spanish rule. Whilst trying to repeat the role in Columbia four years later, he was assassinated. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Hugar Sugar, which was dated 1486, in the "Patent Rolls", during the reign of King Henry V11, known as "Henry Tudor", 1485 - 1509. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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