This interesting name is of Anglo-Saxon origin and is an occupational surname for a "fuller", a cloth-softener, also known as a "walker". "Tucker" was the usual term for the occupation in the south-west of England, "Walker" was the term used in the West and north of the country and "Fuller" in the south-east and east Anglia. The derivation of the name is from the Olde English pre 7th Century verb "tucian", meaning "to torment", referring to the softening of the cloth by beating and tramping on it in water, in Middle English, "tuck(en)", to full cloth, with "mann", man. The Records of Wills in Devonshire record the Will of one Richard Tuckerman in 1647 and John Tuckerman was married to Mary Bartlett at Canterbury, Kent, in 1689. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Baldwin Tuckere, which was dated 1236, Records of Battle Abbey, Sussex, during the reign of King Henry III, The Frenchman, 1216 - 1272. 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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