Meaning and Origin of: Anker

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Greek : Manly

First name variations

Last name origin & meaning:

  • German : from Middle High German anker ‘anchor’, applied either as an occupational name for a smith who made ships’ anchors or as a habitational name from a house identified by an anchor.
  • English : from the Old French personal name Anchier (see Angier).
  • Norwegian and Swedish : probably originally a Swedish soldier’s name meaning ‘anchor’. This is the name of a powerful and influential Norwegian family, who came to Christiana (Oslo) from Sweden in 1668.
  • Danish : from a personal name, of which the first element means ‘eagle’ and the second (probably) ‘violent’.
  • Americanized form of northern French Anquier, from a personal name of Germanic origin (see Angier).